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Lawyer of Michael Brown's Family Claims New Evidence in Ferguson Shooting

Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 12:06 PM

A lawyer for Michael Brown's family said on Thursday new evidence will show that former police officer Darren Wilson should have been indicted and held responsible for killing Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.

Brown's filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson on Thursday, seeking unspecified damages and changes in policing after the black teen's killing by a white officer set off a national debate on race and law enforcement.

The lawsuit had been expected. Attorneys for Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, and his father, Michael Brown Sr., announced at a press conference in early March that a wrongful death lawsuit would be filed "soon."

The lawsuit names Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown and was cleared by a grand jury of wrongdoing.

Brown's shooting led to sometimes-violent protests and spawned a national "Black Lives Matter" movement calling for changes in how police deal with minorities.

A St. Louis County grand jury and the U.S. Justice Department declined to prosecute Wilson, who resigned in November. But the Justice Department last month released a scathing report citing racial bias and profiling in the Ferguson Police Department and a profit-driven municipal court system that frequently targets black residents.

Several city officials resigned following the review, including the city manager, police chief and municipal judge. The municipal court clerk was fired for racist emails.
 

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