NYT: Justice Dept. moving to clear Darren Wilson of civil rights charges


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WASHINGTON, DC - The Justice Department is working on a memo to recommend no civil rights charges against former Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, according to the New York Times.  Officials tell the Times that the investigation by the FBI is complete and found no evidence to support civil rights charges.

A broader investigation into accusations of civil rights violations by the Ferguson Police department remains open.  Discriminatory traffic stops and excessive use of force are part of that investigation.  This could bring significant changes to the department.

Former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, 2014.  The officer involved shooting of the unarmed African-American teenager led to demonstrations and then to looting.  A grand jury did not indict officer Wilson.  This led to riots and looting in Ferguson on the night of November 24, 2014.

Michael Brown's family issued the following statement to the media, "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."

The Department of Justice has declined FOX 2's request for a comment about the New York Times article.

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