Wilson’s clearance will be perhaps the last high-profile decision to come out of Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department. Holder announced his retirement late last year.
The Justice Department is preparing to clear Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson of violating the civil rights of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old Wilson fatally shot in August, The New York Times reports.
Federal law enforcement officials are putting the finishing touches on a legal memo recommending that Wilson not face charges, which would have required the Justice Department to show that Wilson intended to violate the civil rights of Brown — who is black — when he opened fire.
According to The Times’ federal law enforcement sources, the FBI did not uncover any fresh evidence that local authorities had not already discovered during their own investigation.
The Justice Department conducted its own autopsy on Brown and used federal resources to conduct forensic analysis.