Michael Brown family files $75K civil suit against City of Ferguson and officer who killed him
ST. LOUIS, MO – The family of Michael Brown wants the City of Ferguson, Missouri , to pay them $75,000 and attorney fees as part of their wrongful death civil suit.
The suit also names officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot brown, and former Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson, who resigned last month.
The suit claims Wilson violated brown’s constitutional rights by unjustifiably shooting and killing him. The suit also claims Wilson destroyed evidence and interfered with the investigation.
“To this day we still don’t believe the shooter of an unarmed 18-year-old shooter has never been cross-examined,” said family attorney Benjamin Crump. “And when you allow a person to not be cross-examined, they can get the story, the narrative, the way they want it.”
Riots in Ferguson and other cities followed the shooting nine months ago, which also sparked a nationwide movement against police brutality.
A local grand jury and the justice department cleared Wilson, but the justice investigation found some Ferguson police officers and city officials engaged in a pattern of racial discrimination and unfair practices against African-Americans.
Regardless of how the suit turns out, it will continue to keep the spotlight on a town that has lived in the dark for a long time.