Sunday, November 2, 2014

Missouri: Unlikely That US Justice Dept. Will Prevail in Charging Ferguson, MO Police of Misconduct

According to Reuters, the US Justice Department officials probably will not bring civil rights charges against a white Ferguson, MO, police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager set off rioting in August, The Washington Post reported on Friday (October 31).

The Post, citing law enforcement officials, said investigators had all but concluded there was not a sufficiently strong case to prove officer Darren Wilson violated the rights of 18-year-old Michael Brown when he killed him in the St. Louis suburb on August 9.

At issue is whether Wilson had reason to believe he was in danger in his confrontation with Brown after he had asked Brown to leave the middle of a street.

The Post cited a source who had been briefed on the investigation as saying: "The evidence at this point does not support civil rights charges against Officer Darren Wilson."

COMMENT: Despite Eric Holder's intentional effort to turn the US Justice Department into an apologist for minority advocacy, it now appears that Justice Department advocacy for the rights of Michael Brown, 18, who was justifiably shot and killed by Officer Wilson because he was being physically threatened by Brown.
 
Earlier this month THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH published a leaked county autopsy report that indicated Brown had residue on his hand that suggest that  he struggled for Wilson’s gun while the officer was in his car.

With the November mid-term election days away, it is potentially possible that were the Republicans to prevail in controlling the US Senate,  confirmation of Holder's replacement could face contentious confirmation hearings.

Brown's death drew attention to race relations in the United States and police tactics in Ferguson, where much of the population is black and the police force is mostly white.

US Attorney General Eric Holder said last week he expects the Justice Department's investigation into the shooting to be complete by the time he leaves office. 

Holder said in September he would not step down until his replacement was chosen and confirmed by the Senate. 

The Obama Administration is expected to nominate a replacement by the end of the year.

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