Prosecutor: No charges for officer in Michael Brown’s death

Prosecutor: No charges for officer in Michael Brown’s death
Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson, MO, police officer; shot and killed Michael Brown, an 18-year-old, unarmed black man; on a street Aug. 9.

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - St. Louis County’s top prosecutor will not charge the former police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, a dramatic decision that could reopen old wounds amid a renewed and intense national conversation about racial injustice and the police treatment of minorities.

Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell announced the decision Thursday after quietly re-investigating the case over the course of five months.

It was nearly six years ago that a grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot Brown, a Black 18-year-old.

Civil rights leaders and Brown’s mother had urged Bell, the county’s first Black prosecutor, to reopen the case after he took office in January 2019.

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