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.

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  • Anthony

    Years ago, I was a licensed security guard, and I will always remember my boss telling me that I ever needed to shoot someone, I should kill him, so he cannot testify against me. That is what Wilson did. The assistant AG for Civil Rights said as much last night on TV.

    At this point, it is up us to not sleep on the Justice Department’s report that documented organized and institutional racism in the Ferguson “justice” system. Every effort needs to be made to fire every skunk in that department or the courts, and to see that they never work in law enforcement again.

  • The decision of Darren Wilson to not be charged on any charge is a total disgrace. Darren Wilson killed a young human being. The token reformist measures promoted (by many neoliberals who love the war on terror, but refuse to oppose our civil liberties being violated domestically) which deals with us a community working in a submissive, compromising fashion with the police institution (which is the same institution that has brutalized black people, labor members, Mexicans via the Texas Rangers during the late 19th and early 20th century, etc.) will not cut it. The only solution is the establishment of revolutionary changes from ending the War on Drugs to eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing practices. McCollough used a lying, racist witness and he acted as a defense attorney not as a prosecutor.

    The other DOJ report documenting the racist, oppressive practices of many Ferguson cops and other institutions of that city confirms the protesters’ words. The protesters are right that systemic racism is a serious problem in Ferguson. The protesters are right that many cops have violated the human rights of black people in the Ferguson area. Therefore, the system is corrupt and we need real change. Racism and discrimination must not only end. We don’t need some reforms. We need real, revolutionary solutions. We, as black people, have every right and every justification to build up our economic and political power, so we can fulfill our own destinies as Brothers and Sisters.