CSUSB Professor Says Federal Investigation in Michael Brown Shooting Death Not Likely Affected By Grand Jury Not Indicting Police Officer

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley) – The finding by a St. Louis County, Mo., grand jury not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown will not likely affect a federal investigation, said criminologist and civil rights attorney Brian Levin, who is a professor of criminal justice at Cal State San Bernardino.

“The county grand jury decision not to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown leaves unresolved the issue of whether federal charges will be levied, in what would certainly be a more challenging case,” Levin said. “In any event, you can count on federal authorities making the Ferguson Police Department a focus of civil litigation over their practices”

Levin, who is director of the nonpartisan CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, where he specializes in the analysis of civil rights, domestic and international terrorism and related legal issues. He is available to discuss the legal, civil rights, and policing issues relating to the Michael Brown shooting. He is also a blogger on the Huffington Post where his columns are featured on the front page. 

Previously, Levin served as associate director-legal affairs of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Klanwatch/Militia Task Force in Montgomery, Ala., and was also a New York City police officer in the Harlem and Washington Heights sections of Manhattan during the crack wars of the 1980s.

Levin received his law degree from Stanford University, where he received the Block Civil Liberties Award. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with honors and a BA in history. He is the author, editor or co-author of books, scholarly articles, training manuals, technical reports, U.S. Supreme Court briefs including two on the federal law affecting police misconduct. 

Levin has testified before Congress and state legislatures, and makes frequent presentations at universities, international conferences, legal forums civic group functions and law enforcement training events. He is widely cited in top legal and social science journals, and has appeared in major newspapers on six continents and on every network and most cable television evening news broadcasts as well as various network magazine programs including 60 Minutes and Dateline NBC.

He can be reached at (949) 400-6558 and blevin8@aol.com.

Also read his August 2014 analysis on the Ferguson investigation at “Legal Hurdles May Thwart Prosecution in Michael Brown Killing,” published in the Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-levin-jd/legal-hurdles-may-thwart_b_5709851.html.

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