Prosecutor Will Not Charge Officer Who Killed Michael Brown

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Prosecutor Will Not Charge Officer Who Killed Michael Brown
The prosecutor said his office couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Darren Wilson committed murder or manslaughter under Missouri law.
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A new St. Louis County prosecutor announced Thursday the former police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 will not be charged. 

Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell said his office conducted a five-month review and could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Darren Wilson committed murder or manslaughter under Missouri law. 

Wilson's lawyer said he hopes the decision brings the Brown family some closure and that, "We all had the same conclusion: There was no crime." However, Bell said the investigation does not necessarily exonerate Wilson, who was cleared by a grand jury six years ago.

Brown's killing sparked intense protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb. The protests brought attention to the Black Lives Matter movement, which began after Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in Florida two years prior.

The president of the NAACP St. Louis County said in a statement, "NAACP St. Louis County continues to fight for criminal justice reform and will continue to stand with families who suffer at the hands of our local police department."

Additional reporting by Jim Salter of the Associated Press.