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Michael Brown Lawsuit: Parents of Slain Teen File Wrongful Death Suit

By    |   Thursday, 05 Mar 2015 03:38 PM

Michael Brown’s family announced this week plans to file a civil wrongful death lawsuit for the 2014 shooting death of their son by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson.

The announcement came just a day after the U.S. Justice Department said that it would not seek civil rights charges against Wilson in Brown’s death, CNN reported. Brown, 18, was killed during an altercation with Wilson in August 2014, and Ferguson became the site of numerous riots during the next few months.

At a press conference this week, Brown family attorney Anthony Gray spoke about the family’s disappointment in the DOJ’s findings and then outlined their next steps.

“We realize also that the burden of proof for the federal and the state investigations is far different than the burden of proof in a civil case that we anticipate bringing on behalf of the family in a wrongful death case,” Gray said, according to USA Today. “We do want to announce today that we are officially in a process of formulating a civil case that we anticipate will be filed very shortly on behalf of the family.”

The case will be directed against the city of Ferguson and Wilson.

Gray said at the press conference that the evidence presented in the civil suit would be “pretty much the same,” but that there would be a “more clear, a more accurate picture of what took place that day.”

“We feel, and we’ve always felt from the very beginning, that Officer Darren Wilson did not have to shoot and kill Mike Brown Jr. in broad daylight in the manner that he did, that he had other options available to him and that he chose deadly force as his option,” Gray said.

Wilson spoke out exclusively to ABC News to defend his actions in the shooting that ended Brown’s life, and categorically denied that he would have taken a different action if Brown had been white.

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