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Missouri police officer who killed Michael Brown faces no charges

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

No charges will be filed against former Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson after a reinvestigation into the 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell said Thursday.

(CNN)No charges will be filed against former Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson after a reinvestigation into the 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell said Thursday.

The investigation didn't exonerate Wilson, Bell said.

"Although this case represents one of the most significant moments in St. Louis' history, the question for this office was a simple one," Bell said.

"Could we prove beyond a 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 he did," Bell said.

Witnesses at the time said the officer fired his gun while Brown's hands were in the air.

Wilson has said Brown attacked him, and he feared for his life.

"I also want to be clear that our investigation does not exonerate Darren Wilson," Bell said, pointing out the difference between proving a case during trial and "clearing him of any and all wrongdoing. "

"There are so many points in which Darren Wilson could have handled the situation differently, and if he had, Michael Brown might still be alive," Bell said.

The only question is whether we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime occurred," Bell said.

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