A federal judge on Tuesday approved a settlement for an undisclosed sum in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Michael Brown over his 2014 fatal shooting by a Ferguson Police officer, reports USA Today.
U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber sealed the settlement terms, including how much will be paid to Michael Brown Sr., and Lesley McSpadden, the parents of Michael Brown.
"The settlement agreement shall remain sealed by this Court and shall be considered a closed record under Missouri Revised Statute . . . due to the adverse impact to Plaintiffs should it be disclosed," Webber wrote in the filing approving the settlement. "Disclosure of the terms of the settlement agreement could jeopardize the safety of individuals involved in this matter, whether as witnesses, parties, or investigators. The public policy to consider records open is outweighed by the adverse impact to Plaintiffs."