Michael Brown killed, no justice?

This video from the USA says about itself:

“A Systemic Failure”: New Calls for Reform as Feds Rule Out Civil Rights Charges for Darren Wilson

23 January 2015

The Justice Department has reportedly concluded it will not bring civil rights charges against police officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

On Wednesday, The New York Times reported Attorney General Eric Holder will have the final say, but will almost certainly side with investigators who are recommending no charges. A wider Justice Department probe into Ferguson police over reports of racial profiling in traffic stops and use of excessive force remains underway.

Meanwhile, a judge has rejected an NAACP Legal Defense Fund request for a new grand jury to consider criminal charges against Wilson. The group raised concerns over the actions of prosecutor Bob McCulloch, including his decision to let a witness provide false testimony. All this comes as President Obama made just one mention of Ferguson in his State of the Union address Tuesday, prompting activists to release their own video on the State of the Black Union. We are joined by Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

A full transcript will be here.

Reports that the US Department of Justice will not prosecute the white police officer who shot and killed the unarmed black Ferguson teenager met harsh response from civil rights groups: here.

U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, the first black woman from New Jersey ever elected to Congress, used a Martin Luther King Jr. Day appearance at Princeton University on Monday to warn against the possible erosion of some civil rights: here.

St. Louis police shot and killed 19-year-old Isaac Holmes late Wednesday night, the same day that the New York Times reported that the U.S. Justice Department would not pursue federal civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot killed teenager Michael Brown last August. St. Louis police claim the victim tried to get out of a stolen car and point a 9-mm pistol at officers, but these claims were contradicted by a witness who told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he did not see a gun: here.

On Tuesday, police in Bridgeton, New Jersey released dashcam footageshowing the December 30 police shooting of Jerame Reid, a 36 year-old African American. Reid was shot nine times as he was attempting to exit his vehicle and get on the ground after a routine traffic stop: here.

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