Attorneys for the Brown family have revealed that they will pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against both former officer Darren Wilson and the Ferguson police department.
Saying they wanted to wait until the end of federal and state investigations, the Brown family has officially confirmed that they are now planning a suit against both Wilson and Ferguson police department over the death of their unarmed son, Michael Brown.
“We are officially in the process of formulating a civil case that we anticipate will be filed shortly on behalf of the family,” said Anthony Gray, an attorney for the family.
Officer Wilson shot Brown during a confrontation last August. While Wilson claims that his life was in danger and that Brown represented a threat, reaching for the officer’s gun, several eyewitnesses have maintained that the teenager was unarmed and posed no danger.
A grand jury refused to indict Officer Wilson in the death, which led to days of rioting in cities across the United States.
On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced that it would not pursue Wilson for civil rights violations. But a separate DOJ report found widespread racial bias within the Ferguson police department.