U.S. Justice Department lawyers are recommending that no civil rights charges be brought against former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown last summer after an FBI investigation found no evidence to support charges, the New York Times reports. Attorney General Eric Holder and civil rights chief Vanita Gupta have the final say, but it would be unusual for them to overrule the prosecutors on the case.
A Justice Department decision would bring the politically charged investigation of Wilson to an end. A Missouri grand jury concluded its investigation into Brown's death in November and also recommended against charges. A broader Justice Department civil rights investigation into allegations of discriminatory traffic stops and excessive force by the Ferguson Police Department remains open. That could lead to significant changes at the department, which is overwhelmingly white despite serving a city that has a black majority population.