UPDATED 12:55 PM PT — Friday, July 31, 2020
Missouri’s top prosecutor will not be charging the former officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown. St. Louis County’s Wesley Bell made the announcement on Thursday.
This move followed a five month investigation of the fatal shooting, which concluded officials couldn’t prove former Officer Darren Wilson committed murder or manslaughter.
18-year-old Michael Brown was allegedly shot and killed by Wilson after he approached his police car.
Details surrounding the incident remain unclear. There is some debate over whether Brown was armed or not.
“After an independent and in-depth review of the evidence, we cannot prove that he did. The only question is whether we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime occurred. The answer to that question is no.” – Wesley Bell, Prosecuting Attorney, St. Louis County
Though Wilson cannot be in charged the death of Brown, Bell has noted the investigation does not exonerate him from any wrongdoing.