FBI completes federal probe of Ferguson shooting

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, January 21 2015 Jan 21, 2015 Wednesday, January 21, 2015 4:36:00 PM CST January 21, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. official said the FBI has finished its investigation into the police shooting of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Justice Department has not yet announced whether it will file a federal civil rights charge against former police officer Darren Wilson. Experts have said the high legal standard of proof would make such a prosecution unlikely.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, because the Justice Department has not yet made an official announcement.

Wilson was cleared in November by a grand jury in the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown.

A separate Justice Department-led investigation into the practices of the Ferguson police department remains open.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Justice's lawyers were preparing a memo recommending against prosecution.

 

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