Michael Brown's Family Will File Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Ferguson & Darren Wilson

On Thursday, at a press conference held at the Greater St. Mark Family Church in St. Louis, Michael Brown's family said they'd file a civil lawsuit against Darren Wilson and the city of Ferguson for the wrongful death of their son. The decision to sue comes a day after the Department of Justice cleared Wilson of violating Brown's civil rights and released an alarming report on the racial discrimination evident in the Ferguson police department.

Anthony Gray, one of the attorneys representing the Brown family, said at the conference:

And we plan to demonstrate in a court of law to reasonable-minded people that choice to use deadly force was unreasonable and unnecessary under those circumstances.

After a months-long investigation, the Department of Justice concluded that they could not disprove Wilson's testimony that he shot Brown in self-defense, and therefore cleared him of any civil rights violation charges. Upon hearing the news, Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, and father, Michael Brown Sr., issued the following statement:

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The Justice Department's decision to clear Wilson was made in stark contrast to its other finding that the Ferguson police department routinely engages in racial discrimination on the job that results in violating the civil rights of black citizens. The report uncovered frequent examples of unfair traffic stops and arrests, as well as excessive use of force.

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