Justice Dept. expected to clear officer in Ferguson shooting

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WASHINGTON — Civil rights charges are not expected to be filed against the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer.

Law enforcement officials confirm to CBS News the FBI has completed its investigation into the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, and forwarded its recommendations to the Justice Department.

Those sources said “no charges (are) expected” against former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

The Aug. 9, 2014 shooting sparked protests around the country over the use of force by police officers, amplified by a Missouri grand jury’s decision in November not to indict Wilson.

Demonstrations also erupted following a similar grand jury decision in the police death of Eric Garner.

The Justice Department would not directly comment to CBS News on the case Wednesday.

Attorney General Eric Holder had previously stated he wanted to complete the probe before leaving office.

A separate investigation into the practices of the entire Ferguson Police Department is expected to continue.

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