No civil rights violation charges in Brandon Coleman death

Jan 14, 2014

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Federal prosecutors say they won't file criminal charges connected to possible civil rights violations in the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old Columbia man.

Kansas City-based U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson opened an investigation in October into the May 2013 death of Brandon Coleman, a University of Missouri groundskeeper. She announced the results in a news release Tuesday.

The inquiry was a response to a request by the Columbia chapter of the NAACP as well as members of Coleman's family who thought racial prejudice played a role in his death. Coleman was black and the shooter is white.

The review came after Boone County prosecutor Dan Knight found no evidence that the shooter committed a crime. Dickinson says her office doesn't normally discuss such cases but was responding out of public interest.