Michael Brown’s parents announce civil lawsuit in death

Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown Jr., listens to the family attorney during a news conference, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Dellwood, Mo. Neither McSpadden nor Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., spoke or took questions. The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared former Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Jr., but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lawyers for the parents of an unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson said Thursday that they would file a civil lawsuit in Michael Brown’s death.

Attorney Daryl Parks said at a news conference in north St. Louis County that the City of Ferguson and former Officer Darren Wilson would be named in the wrongful death lawsuit, which they plan to file promptly.

The announcement came in response to the findings of a Justice Department investigation that charged the Ferguson police department with unfairly targeting blacks but cleared Wilson in Brown’s death.

Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, and his father, Michael Brown Sr., attended the news conference at Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, but they did not speak nor take questions.

Parks said the DOJ report makes it clear there are “rampant, wholesale, systemic” problems in the Ferguson police department that need to “change soon for the safety of the citizens.”

He did not say specifically when the suit would be filed. He said only that, “soon means soon.”

 

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