No Civil Rights Charges Expected in Ferguson Shooting: Reports

According to news reports, no federal civil rights charges will be filed in the case of white police officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri last summer.

First reported by the New York Times on Wednesday afternoon, other news outlets, including CNN, spoke with officials familiar with the details of the probe by the Justice Department and confirmed investigators will state not enough evidence was found to conclude that Brown’s civil rights were violated during the events that led to his death.

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Brown’s family, declined to respond to the developments other than to release a short statement, which read:  “The family of Michael Brown Jr. will wait for official word from the Justice Department regarding whether or not any charges will be filed against the police officer who shot and killed him. The family won’t address speculation from anonymous sources.”

From the initial reporting by the Times:

According to CNN: