The investigation did not relieve Wilson, Bell said.
“While this case represents one of the most significant moments in St. Louis’ history, the question for the office was simple,” Bell said. “Can we prove without any doubt that when Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown, he committed murder or homicide under Missouri law?”
“After an independent and thorough examination of the evidence, we cannot prove that he did,”; Bell said.
“I also want to make it clear that our investigation does not relieve Darren Wilson,” Bell said, pointing out the difference between proving a case during court proceedings and “clearing him of any offense.”
“There are many things in which Darren Wilson could handle the situation differently, and if he had, Michael Brown could be alive,” Bell said.
“But this is not a question that awaits us. The only question is whether we can prove without any doubt that a crime has taken place,” Bell said. “The answer to this question is ‘no.’ And I would be violating my ethical obligations if I nevertheless made charges. ‘ “
CNN approached Brown’s family to comment.