No federal charge over Ferguson shooting

No federal charge over Ferguson shooting

Former police officer Darren Wilson will not be prosecuted over the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old that led to weeks of protests, the US Justice Department said.

Federal officials concluded there was no evidence to disprove Mr Wilson’s testimony that he feared for his safety, nor was there reliable evidence that Michael Brown had his hands up when he was shot in Ferguson, Missouri.

The decision in the August 9 shooting had been expected, in part because of the high legal standard needed for a federal civil rights prosecution.

Mr Wilson, who has said Mr Brown struck him in the face and reached for his gun during a tussle, also had been cleared by a Missouri grand jury in November and later resigned from the department.

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