CLAYTON, Missouri – The St. Louis County District Attorney announced Thursday that he will not press charges against the former agent who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a dramatic decision that could reopen old wounds amid intense and renewed conversation. on racial justice and the treatment of minorities in the United States by the police.
Wesley Bell’s decision is the third time that the prosecution investigated the case and chose not to indict Darren Wilson, the white cop who shot Brown, an 18-year-old African-American on August 9, 2014.
A St. Louis County investigating jury declined to indict Wilson in November 2014, the same decision the U.S. Department of Justice made in March 2015.
Civil rights activists and Brown’s parents hoped that Bell, the county’s first African-American prosecutor, who took office in January 2019, would see the situation from a different perspective.
Bell said his office conducted an unannounced investigation for five months in which witness statements, forensic reports and other evidence were reviewed.
“The question for this office was a simple one: Can we demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt that when Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown he committed murder or manslaughter under Missouri law? After an independent and in-depth review of the evidence, we cannot prove that it did, “Bell said.
The African American died at the hands of the police in Minneapolis.
But “our investigation does not exonerate Darren Wilson,” added the prosecutor.
Wilson’s attorney Jim Towey said after three investigations it was clear that the former agent did nothing wrong.
The incident sparked months of unrest in Ferguson and made the suburb of St. Louis synonymous with a national debate over how police treat minorities.
Several states and municipalities have issued police reforms since the controversial death of the African American man in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To see more of A New Day, visit now.telemundo.com
Those mobilizations helped consolidate the Black Lives Matter movement that began after the death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American, shot by a neighborhood patrol volunteer in Florida in 2012.
The topic has returned to the present day after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May when a white police officer pressed his knee against his neck while immobilizing him on the floor after his arrest.