Michael Brown: Officer won't be charged for 2014 killing of teenager

Clay Curtis
August 5, 2020

"Although this case represents one of the most significant moments in St. Louis's history, the question for this office was a simple one: Could we prove beyond a reasonable doubt that when Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown he committed murder or manslaughter under Missouri law?"

During his campaign, Lewis ran on criminal justice reform and told voters that he would reopen the case where Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014.

Brown, accompanied by his friend, was told to get out of the middle to the street in a residential neighborhood by Wilson, when Brown approached the police vehicle.

"My heart breaks" for Brown's parents, Bell said during a news conference. "Bell to not pursue charges reinforces the importance of making the systemic changes necessary to end over-policing and the structural racism built to protect police officers from accountability", Roberts said in a statement. Bell said. "After an independent and in-depth review of the evidence, we can not prove that he did".

When Bell was elected prosecutor in 2018, Brown's parents Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. asked him to review the case. But, "our investigation does not exonerate Darren Wilson", he added.

With BLM protests against police brutality and racism continuing across the United States, demonstrators raised their hands in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Dallas for Mr Brown following Thursday's announcement.

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"After an independent and in-depth review of the evidence, we can not prove that he did", Bell said. With Bell serving as the county's district attorney, many believed Brown and his family would finally be granted justice.

"It's over", he said, as police escorted him from the briefing room. And if he had, Michael Brown might still be alive.

Though Wilson can not be in charged the death of Brown, Bell has noted the investigation does not exonerate him from any wrongdoing.

But in 2015, the U.S. Justice Department would not indict Wilson and claimed that the officer's shooting was self-defense.

Bell, who, like McCulloch, is the son of a police officer, formed a special unit to look into officer-involved shootings like the one in Ferguson, as well as cases of potential wrongful convictions.

Brown's body was left in the street for four hours, which provoked outrage among his family and local residents, prompting the furious protests that ensued.

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