Brown Family Settles with the City of Ferguson

The family of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man who was fatally shot in 2014 by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, reached a settlement with the City of Ferguson after more than two years of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. The judge agreed to keep the settlement sealed in order to keep the individuals involved in the case safe.

Brown’s family initially filed a wrongful death suit in April 2015 after a grand jury determined there was insufficient evidence to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Brown. The civil lawsuit brought by Brown’s family alleged that Wilson “unjustifiably shot and killed Brown, using an unnecessary and unreasonable amount of force in violation of Brown’s constitutionally guaranteed right to life.” A separate investigation found that the Ferguson Police Department had unfairly targeted African-American residents. At the time, the family’s lawsuit sought $75,000 in damages, in addition to attorney fees, from Wilson, the City of Ferguson, and the city’s former police chief, Thomas Jackson.

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