The city of Ferguson, Missouri has reached a settlement with the parents of Michael Brown for an undisclosed amount. This explains why so many parents of career criminals yell racism when their kids are killed as they ply their trade. It’s like hitting the lottery. Michael Brown knocked over a convenience store, refuses to obey a policeman, who he attacks once and is in the process of attacking again, when he is shot and killed. For that, his parents receive a large payday.
A federal judge in St. Louis on Tuesday approved a settlement in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of Michael Brown.
The unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer nearly three years ago in Ferguson, Missouri, setting off months of protests.
Financial terms of the settlement approved by U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber were not disclosed.
Anthony Gray, the attorney for Brown’s parents, declined comment, as did Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III.
Michael Brown Sr and Lezley McSpadden sued the city, former Police Chief Tom Jackson and former police officer Darren Wilson in 2015. They argued that the death of their son deprived them of financial support through his future potential wages.
Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing, but the shooting led to sometimes violent unrest in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb.
Wilson resigned from the police force in November 2014, soon after a St. Louis County grand jury announced he would not be indicted. The US Department of Justice also found no grounds to prosecute Wilson.
But the investigation led to a Justice Department lawsuit over racially biased police and court practices. A settlement calls for significant changes in operations, including sensitivity training for officers, adoption of community policing techniques, court reforms and other measures.
The process is expected to cost more than $2 million and could take years.