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Reports say DOJ won’t bring #Ferguson civil rights charges

Reports say DOJ won’t bring #Ferguson civil rights charges

DOJ concludes police shooting of Michael Brown cannot support Civil Rights charges

The Department of Justice is preparing to drop the pretense that it has any expectation of bringing Federal civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, MO police officer who successfully defended himself against Michael Brown after Brown attempted to beat Officer Wilson into submission and seize the officer’s sidearm.

The New York Times reports in part that:

The Justice Department has begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who killed an unarmed black teenager in August, law enforcement officials said.

That would close the politically charged case in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The investigation by the F.B.I., which is complete, found no evidence to support civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, the officials said.

Let no one allege that the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t allocate sufficient resources to uncovering any possible trace of misconduct by Wilson. The Times report notes:

Federal investigators interviewed more than 200 people and analyzed cellphone audio and video, the law enforcement officials said. Officer Wilson’s gun, clothing and other evidence were analyzed at the F.B.I.’s laboratory in Quantico, Va. Though the local authorities and Mr. Brown’s family conducted autopsies, Mr. Holder ordered a separate autopsy, which was conducted by pathologists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner’s office at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, the officials said.

Despite these resources, the DOJ was unable to find any evidence whatsoever to suggest that Darren Wilson violated anyone’s civil rights:

The federal investigation did not uncover any facts that differed significantly from the evidence made public by the authorities in Missouri late last year, the law enforcement officials said.

Last year, a Missouri grand jury returned no true bill against Darren Wilson, and he has since resigned his position with the Ferguson police department and exited the public spotlight.

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Good. Now the thugs can go protest Holder in DC.

Hummm, why am I not surprised?

    sWell, Eric Holder? I am surprised by the decision because I know they did everything they could to find probable cause.

    Darren Wilson now has to find a new life, career and maybe, a new identity. He rose to the call of duty and was pilloried. I hope he finds peace in the fact what he did was honorable.

Dare I say, “That’s white of them”?

Yep. Toldja…

blind pigs and acorns..>

of course, the purpose of this “investigation” wasn’t to see if there were any violations of the law. it was conducted to keep passions inflamed, stir up more trouble and incite further illegal activity.

    platypus in reply to redc1c4. | January 21, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    You missed a couple. Like keeping attorneys and paralegals busy because they aren’t working on illegal alien deportation cases. Otherwise they’d just be hanging out in the break room.

Ok. That’s done. Now can we spend a teeny bit of those resources charging or clearing Petraeus?

    Gremlin1974 in reply to Casey. | January 22, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Like I have said before I will agree with charging Petarus just as soon as we have confirmation that the Special Forces Raids to capture Edward Snowden and Julian Assange are completed and they are either confirmed as in custody or killed in the raid. Also just as soon as Bradley Manning’s and Nidal Hassan’s feet have stopped twitching from their hangings for treason.

    After that I will support investigation Petraus, and not a moment before.

    platypus in reply to Casey. | January 22, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    But he looks so good dangling out that 48th floor window.

I guess it would be too much for Holder to make the announcement and to say that officer Wilson had been found to NOT have committed and civil rights violations. Nah! That would indicate he had integrity.

How much did this witch-hunt cost? Maybe it’s time for congress to cut the DOJ’s budget if they have the time and resources to waste on pandering to a mob.

    Gremlin1974 in reply to Sanddog. | January 22, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Cut their budget by 15% and make up for the difference in cuts to administrative staff. As a matter of fact that sounds like a good plan for all of the departments.

    amwick in reply to Sanddog. | January 22, 2015 at 8:01 am

    “Let no one allege that the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t allocate sufficient resources to uncovering any possible trace of misconduct by Wilson.”

    This would have been funny if it wasn’t so pathetic. Hope it makes Wastebook.

Midwest Rhino | January 22, 2015 at 8:41 am

Someone on FOX I think, brought up the question of whether the Ferguson PD still has to sign on to Holder’s top down control. He thought this was a pattern for Holder, to grab control over police forces. This seems to be the “disparate impact” baloney, where even if blacks commit more crime, any policy that ends in the arrest of more blacks (proportionate to their crime rate), it is deemed a civil rights violation. And small PDs have no funds to fight powerful fed lawyers.

The whole “driving while black” thing in NJ iirc, started when blacks got a disproportionate number of tickets. Cameras watching speeders later found that blacks speed more frequently, and the tickets were in line with crime rate. But the “driving while black” mantra lives on in its various forms. (shopping while black, walking down the middle of the street with stolen goods while black, etc.)

That would include various sensitivity training sessions run by Sharpton types I suppose, or anti-gun activists, or CAIR indoctrinators.

And it would remove any stop and frisk style policing that has been effective in high crime areas, but is deemed racist by Holder types, since it “profiles” minority areas, which just coincidentally happen to be where the worst crime is.

    Ragspierre in reply to Midwest Rhino. | January 22, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Heather MacDonald has the hard numbers on the mythology of “driving while black” and a LOT of the other BS that is floating around our national drinking fountain.

    I’ve found her always worth reading.

      Valerie in reply to Ragspierre. | January 22, 2015 at 10:07 am

      I have been “driving while white” for years, and I do not know how the hell the police pick black people in cars at driving distances.

      All the police have to go on is driving patterns. They do select for speed and recklessness.

      I can see how they might ticket more of the black drivers they stop. This could be the result of their prejudice, or it could also be due to the driver’s attitude.

        platypus in reply to Valerie. | January 22, 2015 at 6:11 pm

        Somehow, being a white honkey cracker never seems to get me out of any traffic citations. Maybe I just don’t know the right code words.

        No where’d I put my damn dog whistle?

I recently found a quote that I think fits the media and this administration very well even though it was about a completely different subject.

“The subject of the story was too delicious to be sidelined by anything so inconvenient as checking the facts. The story told by the media is so obviously wrong and could have been so quickly and easy corrected. Why did the media engage in such a hysterical attempt to bury the truth, what are they afraid of?”

I would assert that the media and the administration are afraid of the truth! That truth is that racial bias by whites against blacks is no longer systematic in our country but is merely episodic.

MouseTheLuckyDog | January 22, 2015 at 10:48 am

Just wait.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has filed a petition in Federal Court asking for a new grand jury to be impaneled and a special prosecutor be appointed.

Obama and Holder acted stupidly

How about going after the looters who denied the rights of store owners to operate a business.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to remember back in September, Eric Holder said he was resigning. Coincidentally at that time, the heat was being turned up on Benghazi and the IRS investigation. Why does he still have a job?

Has the supreme ruler Obamao not found the best elitist communist African (doesn’t have to be “American”) female lesbian to fill Eric’s shoes? He needs someone with every possible race, gender, or sexual preference card possible to deflect any attacks.

    platypus in reply to Mike-in-Mass. | January 22, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Not just lesbian. That is so 20th century. Now it’s lesbian trapped in a man’s body pre-op transexual.

    Try to keep up or we’ll have to put the leash back on you. 🙂

The scope and cost of federal resources brought to bear on behalf of the criminal thug-sociopath Michael Brown in an attempt to placate the perpetually aggrieved mob and its fallacious allegations of racial animus by Officer Wilson is staggering. No doubt the feds left no stone unturned in their search for evidence which would support the narrative which Holder, Sharpton, Obozo et al. had prematurely helped to disseminate. Somwhat belatedly, the facts catch up to the lies, but, at what cost? The damage has already been done to Officer Wilson’s career, personal safety, mental and emotional health and to American society at large.

Char Char Binks | January 24, 2015 at 10:42 pm

Holder doesn’t care about black people.