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Dershowitz: Justice Dept 'Right' to Not Prosecute Ferguson Cop

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Mar 2015 02:47 PM

Famed civil-rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV he agrees with the Justice Department's decision not to charge a white Missouri police officer with civil-rights violations in the death of a black teen.

"I'm not surprised and it's the right decision," Dershowitz said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

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"In order to file charges, you have to show that the police officer was motivated by a racial animus. There was just no evidence of that.

"He would've done the same thing under the same circumstances if the young man had been white or black."

On Wednesday, the Justice Department released a blistering report blaming the Missouri city of Ferguson and its police force for racial bias.

But the report concluded there was no evidence to discredit the testimony of Police Officer Darren Wilson, who said he feared for his life during a confrontation with unarmed teenager Michael Brown. It also found no reliable evidence that Brown had his hands up when he was shot.

"Certainly after the first shot that was fired, there were shots after the young man went after the gun of the police officer," said Dershowitz, a former Harvard law professor.
"The shots were fired from the police car and they were completely justified."

In a recent interview with Politico, Attorney General Eric Holder, said he believes the standard-of-proof for civil rights violations makes it too difficult to prosecute them and they should be lowered.

"I think that if we adjust those standards, we can make the federal government a better backstop …" Holder said.

Dershowitz disagrees.

"We have to keep … [the standards] high and we have to make sure that the state prosecutes regular crimes and the federal government only prosecutes crimes that you can prove beyond reasonable doubt were racially motivated," Dershowitz said.

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