No Civil-Rights Charges for Former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson

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Police officers stand guard as people gather in front of the Ferguson Police Department on November 29, 2014 to protest against the Grand Jury's decision not to indict white Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Photo: Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

As expected, the Justice Department has decided not to file federal civil-rights charges against Darren Wilson. The former police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, a moment that led to widespread protests concerning police brutality against African-American men. The Justice Department’s decision said, “There is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety." The DOJ also released a report on a separate civil-rights investigation into the Ferguson Police Department on Wednesday.