I don’t know if the community will be okay with just a resignation the officer. If he was resign, does that not beg the question as to why he would have to. It would seem that would be some sort of blame on his shoulder or at least conduct unbecoming an officer.
The Epoch Times
October 31st 2040
Officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson on Feb. 11, 2014. Wilson has told authorities that Michael Brown reached for the gun during a scuffle, the Times reported in a story posted on its website Friday night, Oct. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson)
Darren Wilson probably won’t face federal civil rights charges in the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, but he might resign from the Ferguson Police Department.
A report from the Washington Post said investigators with the Department of Justice essentially confirmed no civil rights charges will be filed against Wilson in the shooting, which prompted a series of protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, a few months ago.
“The evidence at this point does not support civil rights charges against Officer Wilson,” an insider close to the investigation told the paper.
After tensions boiled over in August, Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to Ferguson and said the government would open a civil rights investigation into Brown’s death.
There’s also been rumors and information leaks that suggest there will be no state charges against Wilson.
Justice spokesman Brian Fallon, however, said the case is still open and reports saying otherwise are not responsible.
“This is an irresponsible report by The Washington Post that is based on idle speculation,” Fallon stated.
On Thursday, a report from MSNBC said that Wilson will be “eased out” of the police department and might have to resign. It also said Chief Thomas Jackson would resign.
“Ferguson Chief says he has not resigned, he has not been told to resign. He has not been fired. If he leaves, it will be his choice alone,” the department later clarified on Twitter.
Jackson also told NBC the report isn’t true.
“I have not been asked to resign, I have not been fired, and I will not be resigning next week. If I do resign, it will be my choice,” Jackson said.
And with a grand jury decision and a local election looming, the Rev. Al Sharpton returned to St. Louis on Friday to renew calls for the federal prosecution of a white police officer who shot and killed a black 18-year-old in the nearby suburb of Ferguson.
The civil rights activist said leaks about the supposedly secret St. Louis County grand jury deliberations undermine the local inquiry into whether to indict Wilson inl Brown’s killing. The panel is expected to complete its review by mid-November, independent of Justice Department investigations into both Brown’s death and the broader practices of the Ferguson department.
Legal analysts have said leaked information about Wilson’s testimony to investigators could be an attempt to prepare the public for the possibility that the grand jury might recommend he not face charges.
“The grand jury is tainted. The confidence of the family has been shattered,” Sharpton said after meeting briefly with Brown’s parents and local activists at a breakfast rally before returning to New York. “We should turn this over to the federal government.”
The federal investigation remains open, but investigators face a tall burden in trying to mount a civil rights prosecution against Wilson. The Justice Department would need to prove that he willfully deprived Brown of his civil rights, a challenging standard, especially since police officers are given wide latitude in their use of force. History shows civil rights prosecutions of police officers are far easier to bring in instances when an officer attacks a handcuffed person, or beats someone already in custody, than in a case involving a fluid, ongoing physical struggle.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.