The family of Michael Brown, the black unarmed teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, last year, filed a civil lawsuit against the city claiming wrongful death.
The lawsuit was filed today and a press conference was held outside of the St. Louis County Courthouse in Clayton, Missouri, this morning by the Brown family, reports U.S. News. The family is reportedly seeking $75,000.
In November 2014, a grand jury decided Darren Wilson, the white police officer who fatally shot Brown, would not have criminal charges filed against him in the shooting. The decision led to widespread protests across the nation and the "Black Lives Matter" movement formation that asks for changes be made to how minorities are treated by police.
In early March, attorneys for Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, and his father, Michael Brown Sr., said at a press conference that a wrongful death lawsuit would be filed “soon,” reports Yahoo News. It was also stated at the time that the lawsuit would include Wilson, who resigned from the police force in November.
At the press conference this morning, the Brown family's attorney, Anthony Gray, announced that the lawsuit would be against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, former police officer Darren Wilson, and former city police chief Thomas Jackson. Gray also added that they had "forensic and physical evidence" that would contradict Wilson's account of events.
A report from the Department of Justice, released last month, found the Ferguson police department disproportionately targeted African-American residents with excessive fines to generate revenue for the city.
The city manager, police chief, and municipal judge all stepped down from their positions following the report. The discovery of racist emails led to the firing of the municipal court clerk.
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