U.S. Not Expected to Fault Officer in Ferguson Case

Matt Apuzzo and Michael S. Schmidt, New York Times, January 22, 2015

Justice Department lawyers will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., after an F.B.I. investigation found no evidence to support charges, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and his civil rights chief, Vanita Gupta, will have the final say on whether the Justice Department will close the case against the officer, Darren Wilson. But it would be unusual for them to overrule the prosecutors on the case, who are still working on a legal memo explaining their recommendation.

A decision by the Justice Department would bring an end to the politically charged investigation of Mr. Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The Missouri authorities concluded their investigation into Mr. Brown’s death in November and also recommended against charges.

But a broader Justice Department civil rights investigation into allegations of discriminatory traffic stops and excessive force by the Ferguson Police Department remains open. That investigation could lead to significant changes at the department, which is overwhelmingly white despite serving a city that is mostly black.

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Mr. Holder said that the Justice Department’s investigation into Mr. Brown’s death would be independent from the one conducted by the local authorities. While the F.B.I. and local officials conducted some interviews together and shared evidence, the analysis and decision-making were separate. Mr. Holder resisted calls from local officials to announce his conclusion alongside the county prosecutor last year, in part because he did not want it to appear as if they had reached their decisions together.

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.

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. To bring federal civil rights charges, the Justice Department would have needed to prove that Officer Wilson had intended to violate Mr. Brown’s rights when he opened fire, and that he had done so willfully–meaning he knew that it was wrong to fire but did so anyway.

The Justice Department plans to release a report explaining its decision, though it is not clear when. {snip}

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It is not clear when the broader civil rights inquiry of the police department, known as a pattern or practice investigation, will be completed. Under Mr. Holder, prosecutors have opened more than 20 such investigations nationwide. The Justice Department recently called for sweeping changes to the Cleveland Police Department and negotiated an independent monitor to oversee the department in Albuquerque.

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  • Samuel Hathaway

    Darren Wilson deserves a spot for White History Month in February, honored as a “white profile in courage”, for refusing to buckle under the racial pressure to let black beast Michael Brown go on doing what he did best… being a criminal.

  • The DOJ participated intimately in Bob McCulloch’s St. Louis County grand jury proceedings. So this was a foregone conclusion.

    The bigger worry is what the DOJ tries to do to the Ferguson P.D. as a whole, which may will involve some consent decree that forces the Ferguson P.D. to allow blacks to run wild.

  • ThatWhiteGuy

    Took them long enough.

    • JohnEngelman

      They had to get ready for the riots that are coming.

      • propagandaoftruth

        Holder has to saver high yellow face and slink off fuming to hunker in his bunker and dream up new ways to harass hard working White tax slaves.

        • 1G25

          Funny you would say that… I wondered only this morning while figuring out federal taxes how many negroes I support and work for now.

        • ElComadreja

          What the hell is he still doing in office months after his “resignation”?

  • Easyrhino

    Wonder if Holder will lead the charge against the black cop that just shot the black perp that allegedly had his hands up.

    • Ludwig

      This evening on Erin Burnett’s show on CNN Burnett, Don Lemmon and a law enforcement expert spent 15 minutes going over the video. They unanimously agreed that the shooting was justified due to the fact that the thug did not obey the police. Even Don Lemmon emphatically declared that the black cop did what he had to do. This case does not fit the evil whitey narrative, therefore it will quickly go down the memory hole.

  • superlloyd

    That one issue, racist Holder has failed in his vindictive, unreasoned attempt to pervert the justice system in this particular case. It’s disgraceful that the justice department was ever asked to investigate on this basis.

    • Yancy Derringer

      He and Obama certainly stoked black ill will toward whites with their endorsement of the “innocent victim” storyline and tacit endorsement of the rioting and looting. (Obama: “It’s understandable.” Translation: “I don’t blame them one bit.”)

      As could have been expected to follow such editorializing, blacks nationwide have been exacting their revenge in incidents like the St. Louis hammers murder. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say Obama and Holder have relished such acts of revenge and are proud to have some of its blood on their hands.

  • dd121

    These leftists would have loved to nail Wilson to a tree but light of truth blinded them.

    • Alucard_the_last

      The left has had decades of non-critical thinking to cloud their judgment. Where was the left during the Christian-Newsom murders? The left doesn’t care about crime victims, they care about the criminal which is the main reason why the rest of America doesn’t want anything to do with them. The left thinks bumper-sticker slogans are the cure all for the problems in this society. We will always have the negro problem until this country strips the citizenship of treasonous like Michael Moore and Noam Chomsky and career criminals. Negroes don’t fear prison so other methods are needed.

      • badbox27

        You’re absolutely right about the fact that they don’t fear prison. For some of them, it’s better than where they came from. Prison is like almost like a home for them.

        • Spikeygrrl

          Earns them “street cred” on the outside.

        • Speedy Steve

          Early retirement: 3 hots and a cot, and all the down-low you can stand.

        • Alucard_the_last

          They see it as a family and jr high school reunion. Bring back the whipping pole and we’ll see crime drop like a stone.

        • ElComadreja

          It’s a “badge of honor” for the scum.

      • dd121

        I’d like to see what you say come to pass, but that’s not going to happen without revolutionary thinking. It doesn’t appear to be in the works.

      • Yancy Derringer

        I don’t think Michael Moore and Noam Chomsky are steering negroes nor have done anything treasonous. Moore is, nonetheless, an utterly self-absorbed prick and a blatant hypocrite.

  • Let this be a warning to any current and future white police officer: The DOJ and the majority of police agencies will easily capitulate (in spite of what they claim) to the rebel-rousers and racial agitators. They automatically assume you are guilty if a ‘minority’ dies at your hands.

    Therefore, as a former law enforcement officer (now retired), I offer the following advice:

    1. Do everything to legally CYA.

    2. Watch your words, always!

    3. Maintain integrity and do everything according to the law and departmental policy. They won’t be successful (ultimately) if you’re doing everything by the book.

    4. Don’t speak to the media. They’re not your friends, ever!

    5. Never speak to investigators without your lawyer present, never! Always assert your rights under the U.S. Constitution and the Police Officer Bill of Rights.

    6. If possible, record everything you say and do when coming into contact with citizens (e.g., body cameras). The slightest misstep will be used against you. Be polite. Don’t be hostile, but carefully guard everything you say.

    7. Finally, realize that your police chief, in most instances, is a politically-correct appointee who will easily side with the Leftist crowds when the winds of public opinion start to change. After all, he wants to keep his job too! Be polite and respectful to your superiors, but don’t ultimately trust them and make sure to guard yourself always around them.

  • Color me surprised.
    I fully expected them to slap him with a Rodney King cops type double-jeopardy type charge.

  • Steve_in_Vermont

    It’s interesting to note Holder is leaving office and the full report won’t be made until just before he does so. It will also be interesting to hear how the supporters of Brown, people such as Rev. Al, will respond. That is, if they do.

    • Speedy Steve

      It will also be interesting to hear how the supporters of Brown, people such as Rev. Al, will respond.

      Very loudly, and most probably — dangerously.

      • Steve_in_Vermont

        And if the Feds report contains evidence of discrepancies between “witnesses” who changed their testimony…………

  • guest

    No doubt Michael Brown will be the highest topic of discussion next month. He will join Trayvon Martin as one of black history’s martyrs.

    • Chasmania

      His history will slowly but surely be re-written.
      A few years from now he will be a innocent young black who was on his way to a Harvard education and was spending his few days left at home delivering meals to the homeless when he was gunned down by the swastika tattooed, drunken meth addict Darren Wilson.

      • No, actually the ‘narrative’ will be that Michael Brown was on his way to the local convalescent hospital to deliver hot meals to elderly people and to wash their feet like Jesus did to His own disciples.

        While on his way, Grand Wizard of the KKK and Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, saw a black man walking on the sidewalk and realized he had any easy victim whom he could murder in cold-blood. Officer Wilson confronted Saint Brown (bless his little black heart!) of ‘walking while black’ and promptly ventilated him with 15 rounds of lead.

        The last words of Brown were recorded as, “Please Lordy, don’t be holding this sin against da white po-lice man.” And with that, Saint Brown went to join Trayvon Martin and other great black heroes in heaven.

        • Ludwig

          Well said. Comment of the night IMO.

        • Ludwig

          Absolutely perfect!

      • Bartek

        The only history being surely and slowly re-written is the history of White civilization.

        • Ellis Kurtz

          That job has already been completed, with the assistance of whites themselves.

    • ElComadreja

      They’re the best and brightest of their “race”.

  • MekongDelta69

    Hold ‘Em Up must be fuming!

  • IstvanIN

    Some small measure of good news for this poor, persecuted young man.

    • LHathaway

      “nothing went wrong at all” certainly isn’t sending out the message criminals were hoping it would? I doubt that was the only message being sent out . . .

  • Caucasoid88

    Arrest George Soros.

    • Speedy Steve

      Nab him, try him in a kangaroo court, and sentence him to the chipper-shredder with the dross sprayed on to the MLK memorial.

  • Reynardine

    I conclude that this is seriously going to backfire on the Obama administration and the Democrats.

    Blacks were counting on “social justice” to be done, and even Obama’s Justice Department couldn’t give them what they want.

    The forecast for this year is cold with a chance of riots.

    • Spikeygrrl

      Soetoro and his anti-White minions have jumped the shark. All this ginned-up enmity was supposed to peak right before the 2016 elections (hence martial law, hence more time in office for Soetoro). Now they have no choice but to keep stirring the pot for another 18 months with incident after incident after incident.

      Buckle up, folks, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    “in part, because of the extraordinarily high legal standard federal prosecutor would need to meet”. there is no evidence to prove michael brown’s civil rights were violated.

    So… all that rioting and looting for nothing?

    This means all the looted big screen TVs, booze and high-end sneakers will have to be returned or replaced by the rioters.

    They’ll have to hurry – Quick Trip, Big Lots and K-Mart have closed. I understand Wal Mart is still in business – too much $$ to be made in the EBT trade.

    The LA Slimes still whines about looted and destroyed businesses pulling out of the Rodney King rioting area making the area a food desert with residents having to travel miles out of their way to shop.

    I feel for the good people of Ferguson: Good luck selling your home now.

    • Spikeygrrl

      How to solve the “food desert” “problem”: TAKE THE DANG BUS!!!

      I had to do this for about four years when my finances were in shambles after a bitter divorce and I had no access to a car. Was that a time-consuming pain in the butt? ABSOLUTELY. But I had no other morally viable choice; I’d rather swallow a handful of razor blades than accept ANY money from the government! Yet Negroes accept WITH GLEE any “gubmint cheez” they can get.

      I just can’t understand that on either an intellectual or a visceral level. Were they raised by wolves? Have they no pride at all?!

  • dave

    Its a shame Wilson has to resign for doing his job. In a sane society he would have been promoted and awared a citation for removing a violent criminal from the streets.

  • Ograf

    It is amazing that they had to do several autopsies and burn down half the state and attack innocent people before they came to the same conclusion that everyone could plainly see. There was no violation of civil rights. They thugs aren’t martyrs they are thugs and they attacked police and committed violent robberies etc. Can you imagine what gaul they have to try and twist this around and make it the White people and the police that are the bad guys. Some drastic measures need to be undertaken to even get this back in the realm of sanity.

  • Alucard_the_last

    The only people who had their civil rights violated was the store owners, the taxpayers and the police. The riots and looting are the by-product of special rights. Negroes don’t think they need to follow the law.

    • badbox27

      The only law the know or recognize is the law of the jungle.

  • Luca

    Hey Eric Holder, Al Sharpton et al

  • Bartek

    What about Darren Wilson?
    Surely his civil rights have been violated.

  • MartelsGhost

    So the bill for the cleanup, repairs and funerals for those who died as a result of the riots and racial animosity will be sent to whom? Al Sharpton? Eric Holder? obama? MSNBC? CNN? Sally Kohn? Oh yeah, that’s right the bill for all of this mess will be sent to the same people who are already paying for all the little future thugs, the taxpayers.

    It will be interesting to see how many daily readers a site like AmRen will still get if a White Conservative happens to win back the White House…………………………..

    As a White Nationalist, I feel I have to say that at least the Democrats provide a much more honest picture about the mindset of the forces arrayed against me.

    They know the media is and always has been about yellow journalism, lies and profit margins.

    They know blacks can’t make it without free scraps and special handouts.

    They know that most modern women are just completely confused lost little girls who are angry nobody likes them and they need Big Daddy Government to help them out every step of the way.

    They know gays are just lazy and like to play pretend.

    They know most students are idiots who would choose to be more focused on the most recent happenings of Kim Lardassian than the philosophical postulations of Socrates.

    They know how many immigrants are desperate to be Americans and are willing to let them run wild because if you’re poor and have to live near the “unwashed masses” then you really are just as unimportant as they are.

    They know the rest of the world can’t keep up with us at all and so must be given stimulus after stimulus just to keep up the charade.

    They are correct in their thinking about crime reporting. When blacks kill blacks every minute of every day it really is a non-story because thats just what blacks do . But when the rare reverse killing takes place it is indeed newsworthy and it does require all of our attention to make certain the poor offending White isn’t just necklaced and lynched before we can clear their name.

    They know that the easiest way to kill millions of future thugs, rapists and drug abusers is to let their mothers abort them before they ever become a problem.

    They know that the easiest way to get rid of drug addicts is to let them have their needles and dangerous habits. That way they die of overdoses and don’t bother anyone anymore.

    They know the easiest way to defeat islam is to let them believe they have won and then sell porn to their kids.

    As long as you understand Democrat doublespeak and can enjoy games of hypocrisy then the future is bright in Blue State lands.

    In contrast the RINO non-conservative-Conservatives are bending over backwards to show how non-racist and tolerant of everyone they are.

    They live in a land of make believe where every one likes to work hard and be a decent neighbor regardless of color, background or education.

    They still think America can win wars militarily, as if such a thing has ever happened since the late 19th century. Even then our paltry victories were against third world countries.

    They think we need to stop all those “poor women of color from killing unborn babies”.

    The bottom line seems to be that if you’re not in the top 20% of the wealth bracket, then it doesn’t really matter what color or religion you are at least not to a Democrat. Because then you’re just the worst color of all……….poor. But once you have made it above that percentage and maybe even into the rarefied air of the top 10% or………..dare I say………….the top 1%, then it REALLY doesn’t matter what color you are. Then you can be a part of the big game and lie and spin little poor people into doing all sorts of ridiculous things that won’t ever harm you as you are safe behind the bullet-resistant glass of your armored Escalade with your security driver and chase team to insure that the serfs never interrupt your actual life. The Gods need their dramas to watch after all…………………..

    The cause I have supported for years has gained members thanks to the Democrats holding office and tearing the lid off of the “race issue”. More Whites than ever before are able to see the DIEversity problem up close and in technicolor. Thanks to the Democrats, more Westerners , and indeed more of everyone from around the world, have been witness to the horror that is islam during the last six years than perhaps throughout all of recorded history. So why should I not support those who increase the amount of people on my side?

    The powder keg of the world is going to blow up. Why should I cheer every-time somebody falsely claims to cut the fuse just to see it spark back to life like a bad birthday joke candle?

    I say let it blow. There is no fixing it. There is no moving forward, at least not with all the invented historical grievances people have against each other. We’re all hard working moral people who have prepped, trained and are as ready as we’ll ever be right?

    Let it blow. Let everybody have their big throw-down with their brother in the backyard. After the fight, those of us who remain will truly be able to call a truce and begin working towards a new world. A world where populations are so diminished that we can once again separate ourselves as we see fit and be amongst our own people.

    A world where can build our White Nation. Where we can learn from the mistakes of the past. Where we can always point towards the past examples should anyone ever agin mention the need for a “social experiment”. Where we can plan on people using the constitution for 1000 years and so take out all the vagueness.

    All we need to do to win is survive the collapse.

    • Epiminondas

      Well said. I’ve often thought the same. We simply need to survive.

  • Spikeygrrl

    Just curious: Where is double jeopardy in all this? Four investigations so far have shown no misconduct by the officer, and yet there is NO INKLING that the anti-White crowd will give up instituting even more investigations until they can find at least one legal body to browbeat into a punitive conclusion.

    Also curious: Didn’t Holder resign, effective right after the mid-term elections? So what the flock is he still doing in office?!

  • Speedy Steve

    Oh, marvelous! Now Darren Wilson can return to Ferguson and protect the animals that have destroyed the town. All is forgiven, officer. We were wrong. The corrupt court system has destroyed Wilson’s life. He should become a bounty hunter.

  • Ohmy!

    I support Darren Wilson, feeling badly that his life was thrown into turmoil (courtesy of the media, race hustlers, etc.). Hopefully, this man can reclaim his life, living a great life despite the crap that he and his family have been through. I’m just sorry that he will never receive an apology from the various entities that threw his life to the curb.

  • Earl Turner

    Spontaneous blackness eruptions in 5…4…3…

  • MooTieFighter

    You know they tried like he$$. They apparently could not find ANYTHING, not even a recording of “White Christmas” in his home!

  • ssohara

    I don’t even understand why Eric Holder was involved in this situation in the first place. It’s nuts that this case got so much national attention. There seems to be anti-white prejudice in the media these days. It’s all about what race you belong to – one reason they described Zimmerman as a “white” Hispanic in the Treyvon Martin case. I don’t like it.

    • It was all a campaign to goose black turnout for the midterm elections.

      This is a country with 320 million people. A Darren Wilson and Michael Brown incident happens almost every day. A George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin incident happens almost every day. It’s inevitable that one of these incidents every once in awhile will involve racial politics and will happen during an election cycle so that the Democrat Party and the MSM (one and the same) can go to town and use for race porn and agit prop.

      • ssohara

        that is a good term for it, “race porn”.

  • Whiteplight

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    It seems that almost every time I load your page, there is an attempt to attack my computer with a trojan horse virus labelled “DIE.” If this is being done with your knowledge, then shame on you, but if it isn’t, you ought to know about it because I might not be the only one and this may be an attempt to kill your entire website.

    • Thank you for the alert. We are certainly not in the business of deliberately planting malware on our own website to chase away traffic.

    • Snazzy Snook

      If you see the word “DIE” then you already have a virus ..

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    How can they convict him when he is innocent.

  • SeaMonkey Browser

    Off topic but, a white guy lamented that it is really hard for white men in this country to find a faithful and eligible white woman to share a married life with nowadays…. and that is why many white men are resorting to Asian women even if the Asian woman is not even 5 out of 10

    Following are the reasons why some white men are resorting to Asian women even if she is not necessarily attractive

    1. Many white women and black women have become way too masculine, overly independent and strong. Well black women have been historically strong.

    2. As soon as she demands that they make an appointment with a divorce lawyer, he will lose 50% of all his lifelong earnings just like that.

    3. Asian women have the exact traits that the white men want, which is being loyal and feminine, and white women are willing to go with less attractive Asian women.

    • IstvanIN

      I don’t get this, it must be a generational thing. I can not think of a single divorce from my high school graduating class (76). There were plenty of nice girls back then.

  • rommel10

    The American negro has to realize that they are not above the law and should and will face the same laws the white man has to face.