Michael Brown‘s parents have very quietly settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the city of Ferguson, Missouri for a reported $3 million. The lawsuit has apparently flown under the radar but has not been settled in the Brown’s favor.
A federal judge on Tuesday approved a secret civil settlement of the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of Michael Brown over his 2014 fatal shooting.
The settlement amount is not mentioned in U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber’s order approving it. Webber writes only that the gross amount is “fair and reasonable compensation for this wrongful death claim and is in the best interests of each Plaintiff.”
He said the split of the amount between Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden “is fair and reasonable,” and the agreement “provides for a reasonable amount” for attorney fees and expenses.
State law does require that the settlement amount be released, however.
The Post-Dispatch reported on Monday that the settlement was near, and that it would be less than $3 million.
Their lawsuit says that a police culture of pervasive hostility toward African-Americans led to the death of Brown, 18, on Aug. 9, 2014. Wilson used excessive and unreasonable force, the suit says.
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