By Frederick H. Lowe
The U.S. Justice Department announced on Wednesday that it would not indict former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for the August 9, 2014, shooting death of Michael Brown, although no eyewitnesses could corroborate Wilson’s version of the events that led to the fatal shooting.
“Based on this investigation, the DOJ has concluded that Darren Wilson’s actions do not constitute prosecutable violations under applicable federal criminal civil rights statute, defined the United States Supreme Court,” the Department of Justice wrote in an 86-page statement.
Wilson stopped Brown, who was 18 and unarmed, while he was walking down the middle of Canfield Drive.
Brown grabbed Wilson’s gun and the two struggled for control of the weapon inside the police SUV. During the struggle, Wilson shot Brown in the hand on the outside of the police cruiser door, Wilson claims.
“According to three autopsies, Brown sustained a close range gunshot wound to the fleshy part of his right hand at the base of the right thumb,” the DOJ wrote in a memorandum titled “Department of Justice Report Regarding the Criminal Investigation into the Shooting Death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson.”
The DOJ said will not prosecute Wilson, because no eyewitnesses directly corroborated Wilson’s account of Brown’s attempt to gain control of the gun.
“There is no credible evidence to disprove Wilson’s account of what occurred inside the SUV, ” the DOJ said.
“After the initial shooting inside the SUV, the evidence establishes that Brown ran eastbound on Canfield Drive and Wilson chased him,” the DOJ reported. “The autopsy results confirm that Wilson did not shoot Brown in the back. The autopsy results alone do not indicate the direction Brown was facing when he received two wounds to his right arm, given the mobility of the arm.
However, as detailed later in this report, there are no witness that could be relied upon in a prosecution to prove that Wilson shot at Brown as he was running away.”
Recently, the DOJ refused to indict George Zimmerman for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Sanford, Fla.
And on Wednesday in Chicago, a federal jury failed to order Chicago police officers Gildardo Sierra and Raul Mosqueda to pay damages to the family Darius Pinex, who they shot to death on January 7, 2011, following a traffic stop, although a police dispatch contradicted the cops’ story concerning the shooting’s circumstances. City officials withheld the tape recording until the middle of the trial, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Sierra has killed two unarmed black men. He shot Flint Farmer three times in the back, killing him while Farmer was lying face down on the ground. Farmer’s shooting occurred six months after Pinex’s shooting death. Sierra is still a cop.
In Madison, Wisc., police officer Matt Kenney, who shot to death a man in 2007, killed Tony Robinson, an unarmed 19-year old black man Saturday night.
A St. Louis County grand jury refused to indict Wilson for Brown’s shooting death. Wilson has since resigned from the Ferguson Police Department.