The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri last August, will file a civil suit against the city Thursday for the wrongful death of Brown, the family's lawyers announced on Wednesday.
Brown's family will speak about the suit in a press conference outside of the St. Louis County Courthouse in Clayton, Missouri Thursday morning, according to a statement released Wednesday evening.
In November, a grand jury decided not to bring criminal charges against Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Brown. Large protests before and after the grand jury’s decision sparked a national focus on police misconduct and the relationship between police officers and minority communities.
Last month, a scathing report from the Department of Justice found that the Ferguson police department acted as a means of generating revenue for the city through excessive fines that disproportionately targeted African-American residents.
Several Ferguson officials, including the city's police chief and the city manager, stepped down following the report.