Family of Michael Brown to sue Ferguson city for wrongful killing

Lawyers of Michael Brown announce civil lawsuit against city of Ferguson for wrongful killing of their son

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who shot dead by the police last year in Ferguson, Missouri while unarmed, say they are planning to file a civil lawsuit against the city for wrongful killing.

Attorneys Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks said the lawsuit will be filed to St Louis County Courthouse on Thursday morning.

“Legal counsel will speak with members of the media immediately following,” lawyers said but did not give much detail about the file.

The civil lawsuit was expected since a grand jury in November decided not to charge Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown last August.

In March, Department of Justice said they would not press civil rights charges against officer Wilson, citing lack of evidence.

“They have accepted [Wilson's] self-defence. We do not accept his self-defence," family’s lawyer Parks said at the time and family promised to file a civil case.

The announcement came short time after a Department of Justice investigation report showed patterns of racial bias against black Americans among Ferguson Police Department officers.

The death of Michael Brown had sparked protests across the U.S. last year as people marched against police brutality and discrimination against minorities.

TRTWorld and agencies