The Justice Department announced on Wednesday that it would not bring federal charges against former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown last summer, according to a New York Times report.
The department released an extensive 80 page report and cited the numerous discrepancies from various witnesses.
“Although some witnesses state that Brown held his hands up at shoulder level with his palms facing outward for a brief moment, these same witnesses describe Brown then dropping his hands and ‘charging’ at Wilson,” the report continued.
This announcement comes on the heels of a grand jury deciding not to indict Wilson in the death of Brown. Although witnesses claim that Brown did have his hands up surrendering to Wilson, the Justice Department still felt those witnesses were inconsistent.
The Justice Department “said forensic evidence and other witnesses backed up the account of Officer Wilson,” the Times stated.
Attorney General Eric Holder said the outcome was “sound, considered and independent judgment of the expert career prosecutors within the Department of Justice.”
“I concur with the investigative team’s judgment and the determination about our inability to meet the required federal standard” of proof, Holder said.