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

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


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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