In a recent court filing, Michael Brown’s parents, Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden, asked St. Louis U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber to stop or at least limit the push by the city of Ferguson, Mo. to have them release their son’s medical and academic records. The family says the documents are irrelevant to their current lawsuit against the city and feel the repeat demands are harassing and invasive.
Brown’s parents are suing the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, its former police chief and the white officer who shot their unarmed, Black son during a confrontation. The parents say they’ve been deprived of financial support through their son’s future potential wages.
The city requested these documents to help defend itself in the lawsuit filed by Michael Brown’s family. An attorney for Ferguson, Wilson, and the former police chief has countered in court filings that Brown’s lifelong medical records are pertinent to determining his potential life expectancy and future income.
The family’s filing against the request stated,
“Although (the lawsuit’s defendants) are admittedly entitled to some discovery regarding (Brown’s) physical health, any and all medical records spanning his entire lifetime is overly broad in scope and time and vague”
Brown’s parents also insist that the academic records are shielded as private because they involve a juvenile.
A local grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson for the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown. The U.S. Department of Justice also cleared Wilson, concluding he acted in self-defense.