Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:14AM
The US Justice Department will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer.
The Justice Department is about to close the investigation into the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.
Federal prosecutors had begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against Wilson after an FBI investigation found no evidence to support charges against him, the newspaper said, quoting law enforcement officials.
The FBI is still conducting a probe into the Ferguson police force for civil rights violations.
The police killing of Brown and Eric Garner in New York City led to months of sometimes violent protests in cities across the US.
Mass rallies were held across the United States on Monday during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday to honor the civil rights icon and protest against the mistreatment of minorities by police.
A recent poll by the Reuters and IPSOS polling organization has found a significant distrust of police in the United States, where many Americans believe police target minorities unfairly and often lie for their own interests.