As expected, Michael Brown's family has filed a civil suit against the city of Ferguson, Mo. Brown, 18, was shot and killed by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson last August.
According to the Associated Press, attorneys representing Brown's family revealed that a wrongful death lawsuit would be filed today. This comes a month after legal representation for Brown's father, Michael Brown, Sr., and mother, Lesley McSpadden announced that the filing was inevitable. In addition to the city of Ferguson, Wilson and former Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson have also been named as defendants:
Wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Brown's family lists Ferguson, Darren Wilson and former Ferguson PD chief Tom Jackson as defendants— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 23, 2015
suit alleges that Darren Wilson gave Brown no formal commands other than initially telling him to "get the fuck out of the street"— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 23, 2015
Michael Brown's family, in today's civil suit, re-asserts that Brown's hands were up and he said "don't shoot" pic.twitter.com/sy0ZV68Roh— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 23, 2015
This also comes a month after a Justice Department investigation revealed the police department's discriminatory practices. What's more, numerous city officials stepped down from their positions following the release of the DOJ's report.
[via Associated Press]