Michael Brown’s Parents Settle Wrongful Death Suit
Michael Brown‘s parents have reached a settlement in their wrongful death suit against the city of Ferguson on Tuesday closing the civil case.
The amount of the settlement is undisclosed because the judge felt public knowledge would put the Brown’s in harms way, but he added that the amount was fair to all parties involved.
Via The Washington Post:
The settlement amount was not disclosed, but U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber of the Eastern District of Missouri said he was satisfied that the agreement was fair to the parties and compliant with the law.
“The gross settlement amount is fair and reasonable compensation for this wrongful death claim and is in the best interest of each Plaintiff,” Webber wrote. He added that it provided a reasonable amount for attorney fees and expenses, and said the split between Brown’s parents was proper.
The judge ordered the agreement sealed under Missouri’s Sunshine Law, saying Brown’s parents could be harmed if it were revealed to the public.
“Disclosure of the terms of the settlement agreement could jeopardize the safety of individuals involved in this matter, whether as witnesses, parties, or investigators,” he wrote.
An attorney for the parents declined to discuss the agreement Tuesday. Attorneys for the defendants did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Brown, 18, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, during a physical altercation on a residential street in the St. Louis suburb in August 2014. His death set off a wave of outrage over the way black people are treated by U.S. law enforcement, sparking unrest in the city and nationwide protests that continued for months. A grand jury declined to indict Wilson in connection with Brown’s death and the Department of Justice cleared him of civil rights violations.
They murder our babies, let the killers, walk and the city cuts a check.