Parents, Ferguson settle wrongful death suit over Michael Brown
By Jennifer Cruz
Attorney Anothony Gray stands with the parents of Michael Brown as they announce the filing of the lawsuit in 2015. (Photo: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The city of Ferguson and the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed teen killed in a 2014 police shooting, which sparked a national outcry and inflamed racial tensions in the St. Louis suburb, settled a wrongful death suit in federal court Tuesday.
Senior District Judge E. Richard Webber awarded Michael Brown, Sr. and Lezley McSpadden an undisclosed sum for their son’s death while dismissing other charges against the city and police officials.
In his opinion, Webber ordered the settlement amount to be sealed from public view, but describes it as “fair and reasonable compensation for this wrongful death claim and is in the best interests of each plaintiff” and covers “a reasonable amount of attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses.”
“Disclosure of the terms of the settlement agreement could jeopardize the safety of individuals involved in this matter, whether as witnesses, parties, or investigators,” the opinion says. “The public policy to consider records open is outweighed by the adverse impact to Plaintiffs.”
Brown’s parents filed the lawsuit in 2015, less than a year after their son’s death. The complaint named the