Skip to Content

Prosecutor: No charges for officer in Michael Brown’s death


CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- St. Louis County's top prosecutor will not charge the former police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, a dramatic decision that could reopen old wounds amid a renewed and intense national conversation about racial injustice and the police treatment of minorities.

Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell announced the decision Thursday after quietly re-investigating the case over the course of five months.

It was nearly six years ago that a grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot Brown, a Black 18-year-old.

Civil rights leaders and Brown's mother had urged Bell, the county's first Black prosecutor, to reopen the case after he took office in January 2019.

WSIL logo

Associated Press

Skip to content