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Michael Brown's Family To File Civil Suit Against Ferguson For Wrongful Death

04/22/2015 10:35 pm ET | Updated Apr 23, 2015
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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.

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