In 2014, Officer Wilson was innocent of any charges related to the shooting death of thug Michael Brown in an extensive court case. The DOJ could find no evidence of Wilson committing a federal crime during their extensive investigation, and now, after a new 5-month, “secret” re-investigation into the 2014 police shooting, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell has concluded that no murder or manslaughter charges will be made against Officer Darren Wilson.
Bell refused, however, to hold Wilson harmless for the death of Michael Brown, a case for which he’s been cleared of wrongdoing on three separate occasions.
In what can only be described as a sickening statement, Bell stated, “Our investigation does not exonerate Darren Wilson.”
NBC News reports – He said the reinvestigation into the actions of Wilson, who is white, for the death of Brown, who was Black — which sparked unrest in Ferguson long before America had learned the name of George Floyd — was necessary.
“Because of the significance of this case to this community and because the family asked, I believed it was necessary to conduct a reexamination of the evidence in the case and come to our own conclusion,” Bell said.
Bell said thousands of pages of documents, including witness statements, forensic reports, and other evidence, were examined in his review.
“The question for this office was a simple one: Could we prove beyond a reasonable doubt that when Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown he committed murder or manslaughter under Missouri law,” the prosecutor said. “After an independent and in-depth review of the evidence, we cannot conclude that he did.
In late 2014 a grand jury chose not to indict Wilson. The next year, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded that Wilson did not violate Brown’s civil rights and that no federal charges would be filed.
In 2015, Jonathan Capehart, a black columnist for the Washington Post wrote an opinion piece where he stated that “hands up don’t shoot,” was a lie and Officer Wilson was justified in shooting Brown.
Two uncomfortable truths, Capehart concluded in his Washington Post article, “Brown never surrendered with his hands up and Wilson was justified in shooting Brown.”
What DOJ found made me ill. Wilson knew about the theft of the cigarillos from the convenience store and had a description of the suspects. Brown fought with the officer and tried to take his gun. And the popular hands-up storyline, which isn’t corroborated by ballistic and DNA evidence and multiple witness statements, was perpetuated by Witness 101. In fact, just about everything said to the media by Witness 101, whom we all know as Dorian Johnson, the friend with Brown that day, was not supported by the evidence and other witness statements.
The DOJ report notes on page 44 that Johnson “made multiple statements to the media immediately following the incident that spawned the popular narrative that Wilson shot Brown execution-style as he held up his hands in surrender.” In one of those interviews, Johnson told MSNBC that Brown was shot in the back by Wilson. It was then that Johnson said Brown stopped, turned around with his hands up and said, “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” And, like that, “hands up, don’t shoot” became the mantra of a movement. But it was wrong, built on a lie.
How many times will Officer Wilson have to be tried for a crime he never committed? At what point will the left allow him to walk away from this nightmare?