City faces lawsuit over shot teen


Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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The parents of the unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white police officer are to take legal action against the city.

The family of Michael Brown, 18, said the wrongful death lawsuit would be filed today.

Lawyers for Mr Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden and his father Michael announced in early March that a wrongful death lawsuit would be launched “soon”.

The shooting of Mr Brown in the predominantly- black St Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, by Officer Darren Wilson in August led to sometimes violent protests that were renewed when a grand jury decided not to charge the policeman.

Mr Brown’s death sparked a national Black Lives Matter movement calling for changes in how police deal with minorities. Police treatment of black men has since become a major issue in the US.

A St Louis County grand jury and the US Justice Department declined to prosecute Officer Wilson, who resigned from the police force in November.

But the Justice Department released a scathing report last month citing racial bias and profiling in the Ferguson Police Department and a profit-driven municipal court system that frequently targets black residents.

Several city officials resigned following the review, including the city manager, police chief and municipal judge. The municipal court clerk was sacked for racist emails.

Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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