Baltimore, MD – Yesterday, the United States Department of Justice announced it will not file civil rights charges against Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. This announcement came on the heels of the United States Department of Justice releasing a report concluding that the Ferguson Police Department has been engaged in a pattern and practice of discriminatory enforcement during traffic stops and arrests involving African Americans. In light of these announcements, the NAACP released the following statement:

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:

We are deeply disappointed that the Department of Justice decided not to file charges against Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.   The Department of Justice’s findings confirms what we have been seeing in Ferguson and across the country for decades: an over aggressive policing culture that is far too commonplace in communities of color. But these findings will only lead to significant change in the criminal justice system if we hold law enforcement accountable for their actions.  Now the NAACP and the entire world looks to the Ferguson Police Department to see what measures it will undertake to eliminate racial profiling and ensure a fairer criminal justice system that protects all its residents. The NAACP will continue to double down for justice, advocating for federal legislation and other systemic reforms to fix our country’s broken, ineffective and unjust system of policing until racial profiling is eliminated once and for all.”