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Settlement Imminent in Brown Family’s Lawsuit Against Ferguson and Officers

June 20, 2017  | 

The family of Michael Brown, the city of Ferguson, former Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson and former police Officer Darren Wilson are nearing settlement of a lawsuit over Brown’s 2014 fatal shooting by Wilson, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The settlement has not yet been finalized or approved by a judge.

A person familiar with the settlement negotiations said that a settlement was close, however, and that it would be for less than $3 million because that is the limit of the city’s insurance.

Brown’s parents, Lezley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., filed the lawsuit in May 2015, about nine months after their son’s death on Aug. 9, 2014.

A grand jury found former Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of Brown was justified. The Justice Department declined to prosecute him, saying evidence and “credible” witnesses supported Wilson’s version of the event.

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132&Bush @ 6/20/2017 7:39 PM

You will be happy to know on Yahoo most comments were ask what for they getting paid for. Since when do families get money when criminals are killed?

B.T. @ 6/21/2017 3:10 AM

The message being sent here is dead wrong. "Go ahead and fight with the police, try to grab their gun, and if you get shot, your family will profit".
If Ferguson settles for anything, I strongly suggest every Ferguson police officer quit tomorrow, because obviously Ferguson doesn't care what you do, your wrong either way. I guess your gun should be available to anyone who tries to grab it, and if you get shot with your own gun "that just comes with the job". Why would "anybody" want to work in that environment? Ferguson P.D. officers.....quit as soon as the city makes a settlement. Send them a message! "Back us, or goodbye".

GreyBear @ 6/21/2017 9:04 AM

This is a travesty if they pay the family even one thin dime. But, when lawyers get involved this is the kind of foolishness that ends up happening. Before ANY money is disbursed, even to the attorneys involved, the City of Ferguson should be allowed to deduct ALL costs associated with the rioting that the family encouraged, , not just for their City but for any and all agencies that stepped in to help,

ssc1911 @ 7/4/2017 8:04 AM

This settelement is RIDICULOUS!!!!!! The City of fergusn, MO to pay Michael Brown's money because he was legally shot to death in an attempt to grab officer Wilson's gun. What about dmage from rioting, looting, expense of extra police agenices to maintain control when there was chaos in Ferguson, MO after the shooting?

Mike Downey @ 7/14/2017 9:57 AM

So if you want to leave your family set up for life with more money than you could ever earn working if you had "a" job. Commit a robbery upon a convection store, assault or threaten too assault them, take what ever you want and leave the store without paying for your loot. Walk down the street in the middle of the street impeding traffic to include a police vehicle and when requested by the officer to get out of the middle of the street refuse!! And to increase the pot of gold assault the Police Officer attempt to take his service revolver oh I don't know maybe to clean it for him or for another criminal purpose, maybe shoot and kill the Officer for having the Gaul to stop my day of crime. Only to lose the wrestling match even though you were in a different weight class.. And then get shoot to death with that same gun you were only going to service. You can leave your shattered broken family a pot of citizen gold, even if your family was shattered before your day of fun and a family member if memory serves me correct exalted some gainfully employeed taxpayers to riot and cause property damage Day and night then god bless, erect a monument and give the family their jackpot of taxpayer hard earned dollars.

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