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St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell announced he reopened the case of the death of Michael Brown but ultimately decided against pursuing charges against former Ferguson police officer Darrien Wilson. Bell said while this decision is “one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do as a prosecutor,” the office could not find hard evidence Wilson committed murder or manslaughter.

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In a press conference, Bell said “although this case represents one of the most significant moments in St. Louis’ history, the question before 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? After an independent and in-depth review of the evidence, we cannot prove that he did.”

While no charges will be filed against Wilson, Bell did no clear him of any wrongdoing. “The question of whether we can prove a case at trial is different than clearing him of any and all wrongdoing,” he said. “There are so many points at which Darren Wilson could have handled the situation differently, and if he had, Michael Brown may still be alive.”

Source | KMOV

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