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World Socialist Web Site
August 28, 2014

Audio recording sheds light on the murder of Michael Brown
By Niles Williamson

CNN published an audio recording Monday indicating that police officer Darren Wilson paused in between barrages of gunfire as he killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. The Justice Department has also opened a federal civil rights investigation into Brown’s murder. To reach a conviction on federal charges the government would have to prove that Wilson acted with racial hostility towards Brown in order to willfully deprive him of his civil rights. There remains a small possibility of a federal indictment and trial in relation to potential violations of Michael Brown’s civil rights. But according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, more than three-quarters of referrals on federal civil rights violations were closed without court action last year.

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