UPDATE: Thursday April 23, 2015
During a morning press conference, the family of Michael Brown announced they have filed a lawsuit against the city of Ferguson that seeks “punitive and compensatory damages in excess of $75,000,” CNN writes.
Brown’s parents attended a news conference in front of the St. Louis County Courthouse after the suit was filed. His mother, Lesley McSpadden, who wore a red hoodie bearing her son’s likeness, and his father, Mike Brown Sr., wearing a St. Louis Cardinals snapback and a hoodie that said, “Mike Brown chosen for change,” did not speak, allowing attorneys Anthony Gray and Crump to address reporters.
In addition to the city, the suit also names Officer Darren Wilson, whose fatal shooting of Brown has been ruled justified, and former police Chief Thomas Jackson, who resigned last month.
Wilson “unjustifiably shot and killed (Brown), using an unnecessary and unreasonable amount (of) force in violation of (Brown’s) constitutionally guaranteed right to life,” the lawsuit states. The suit further accuses Wilson of “destroying evidence and interfering with the investigation” — and a former supervisor, his fiancee, of turning a blind eye — by washing blood off his hands and bagging the gun he used to shoot Brown. Jackson is included because he “maintained general supervision” of Wilson and “was also responsible for his hiring, training and retention,” the lawsuit states.
The family of a Ferguson, Mo. teenager who was killed by a White cop in the summer of 2014 plans to announce a civil rights lawsuit against the city, the Washington Post reports.
Michael Brown Jr.’s parents — Michael Brown and Lesley McSpadden — along with their attorneys Ben Crump, Anthony Gray, and Daryl Parks, will make the announcement of a wrongful death suit at a news conference Thursday morning. Brown, who was 18-years-old at the time of the incident, was fatally shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.
A grand jury elected not to indict Wilson in November.
According to the Washington Post:
Attorneys for the Brown family said last month that they intended to file a civil suit against Ferguson over the shooting. This came shortly after the Justice Department announced its decision not to seek civil rights charges against Wilson, a decision the Brown family called “disappointing” at the time.
SOURCE: Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty