Cloudy Start, Cleveland Officer Shot at During Arrest, No Civil Rights Charges Against Officer Wilson

Cloudy Start, Cleveland Officer Shot at During Arrest, No Civil Rights Charges Against Officer Wilson


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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A Cleveland Police officer is recovering after an incident on the city's east side.

Police say officers were pulling over a vehicle on Redell Avenue in connection with a burglary nearby. Police tell us the suspect in that burglary fired a shot at the homeowner.

Officers on Redell say they encountered a man with a gun and a struggle ensued.  During the struggle, a shot was fired by the man so close to one officer's ear that the officer sustained powder burns.

EMS transported the officer and his partner to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses told us what they heard and saw:

"I heard a gunshot, boom, and the next thing I knew, I heard a bunch of people hollering. I came through the cut to see."

Ed Gallek asked, "Do you think he tried to shoot a cop?"

One witness replied, "No, he did not try to shoot no cop. If he tried to shoot a cop, do you think he would be still right there?  They would have literally killed him or something if he tried to shoot a cop. He did not try to kill no cop."

Ed asked, "What made you get your camera out?"

Another witness replied, "Because it made me think about how these black people started getting killed like Michael Brown, I thought about Michael Brown and that's when I started recording it, when I saw them beating him like that. Then the other officer had his gun out to now shoot him.  What you gonna shoot him for? Ya'll got him down. There's four officers got him down, whatcha gonna shoot him for?"

FERGUSON, MO (KPLR/KTVI/CNN) - It appears former police officer Darren Wilson will not face federal civil rights charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Sources familiar with the investigation said the FBI did not find enough evidence for charges that Brown's civil rights were violated at the federal level.

From the get-go, legal experts said proving a civil rights violation case is difficult. They say it's difficult to know with certainty what Wilson's intent was when he shot and killed Brown.

No one representing the city of Ferguson will comment about this latest report. The attorney for Wilson says he's heard nothing official from the Department of Justice and the attorney for Brown's family says they won't be commenting until the report is final.

Businesses along West Florissant are still recovering from the fires and looting following a grand jury's decision not to indict Wilson on state charges.

Graylin Slater, the owner of a clothing boutique, said on one hand it would be nice to have all the investigations over but he feels in this community a not guilty finding by federal authorities could re-ignite tensions.

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