Though the Department of Justice announced this week that it would not charge former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for civil rights violations, Wilson may not be out of trouble yet.
The family of Michael Brown, a teenager who was shot and killed by Wilson in August 2014, has announced that they are suing both Wilson and the city of Ferguson, Missouri.
In November 2014, a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson for Brown’s death.
“We are officially in the process of formulating a civil case that we anticipate will be filed shortly on behalf of the family,” said Anthony Gray, the family’s attorney.
“In our case, we plan to show and outline pretty much the same evidence [that the Justice Department considered],” Gray added. "However, you will get a more clear, a more accurate picture of what took place that day.
“We feel, and we’ve always felt from the very beginning, that officer Darren Wilson did not have to shoot and kill Mike Brown in broad daylight in the manner that he did, that he had other options available to him, and that he chose deadly force as his option.”
Though Wilson was exonerated of any civil rights violations by the Department of Justice, a separate review of a Ferguson Police Department found that it systematically engaged in racist law enforcement tactics.
Sputnik News reported the Brown family released a statement calling for an end to racial profiling. “If that change happens, our son’s death will not have been in vain,” the statement read.
Gray said the lawsuit hopes to achieve that end. “So we ask that you stay tuned," he said. "Once we have a complaint that is fully formulated, it will be available to the public.”