What actions would you take in their position they have been placed in? The family of Michael Brown will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Mo., and the police officer who fatally shot him, lawyers said Thursday.
The lawyers spoke a day after the Justice Department issued a scathing report blasting the Ferguson Police Department for racially biased policing — but clearing Wilson, who has resigned from the department, in Brown’s death.
“While we are saddened by this decision, we are encouraged that the DOJ will hold the Ferguson Police Department accountable for the pattern of racial bias and profiling they found in their handling of interactions with people of color,” the statement said. “It is our hope that through this action, true change will come not only in Ferguson but around the country. If that change happens, our son’s death will not have been in vain.”
Wilson, who is white, resigned almost four months after fatally shooting the black teenager on a Ferguson street Aug. 9. The shooting ignited months of sometimes violent protests. In November, a St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Wilson on any charges in Brown’s death, sparking more protests.