A U.S. official is reporting that the FBI has completed its investigation into the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson last summer.
The Justice Department has not yet announced whether it will file a federal civil rights charge against former Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson. But officials and experts have said such a prosecution would be highly unlikely, in part because of the extraordinarily high legal standard federal prosecutors would need to meet.
Both the New York Times and CNN, citing anonymous sources within the DOJ, stated that the DOJ lawyers were preparing a memo recommending that Wilson not be prosecuted. Attorney General Eric Holder will make the final decision.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson and Mayor James Knowles said Wednesday that they had no information about the status of the investigation.
Brown family lawyer Benjamin Crump said the family would not release any statement based on speculation and anonymous sources. The DOJ’s official spokesman had not comment on the report.
Officer Darren Wilson was cleared by a grand jury back in November of 2014 which resulted in street protests around the country. Holder visited Ferguson to try and “calm the tensions” and meet with law enforcement and Brown’s family.