ST. LOUIS (AP) Prosecutors in Ferguson have dropped charges against a Navy veteran in a case that the Justice Department cited in a highly critical report about the city’s police and courts.
In 2012, Fred Watson was in his car after playing basketball when a police officer told him to put his hands on the steering wheel. Watson says he did nothing wrong. Eventually, Watson would be charged with nine violations, including driving with an expired license. He says the arrest cost him his job.
Five years later … and without any explanation … Ferguson prosecutors dropped all charges against Watson. The Justice Department’s report followed the fatal 2014 police shooting of 18-year-old Michel Brown.