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Michael Brown’s Family Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit for $1.5M

The family of Michael Brown, a Black teen whose fatal shooting by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked large-scale protests, has settled its lawsuit against the city for $1.5 million.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the settlement was paid by the city of Ferguson’s insurance company “on behalf of multiple defendants,”.

The District Judge E. Richard Webber approved the settlement but didn’t mention the amount. Michael’s parents, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, will split of the amount.

The family filed the suit in 2015 against the city, former Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, and former police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed the 18-year-old on Aug. 9, 2014. The suit claimed that the city’s police culture was “hostile to black residents” and that “Wilson used excessive force,” The Associated Press reported.

A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Wilson, and the U.S. Justice Department declined to prosecute him, citing evidence and witnesses supporting Wilson’s claims that Brown attacked him, the Post-Dispatch reported.

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