The parents of Michael Brown — the black teen who was shot and killed in 2014 by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri — have reached a settlement with the city over his wrongful death civil suit.
The agreement was accepted by US Federal Judge Richard Webber on Tuesday after being approved by both parties, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
While details were not disclosed, Webber referred to the settlement as “fair and reasonable” — with enough money being provided to pay attorney fees and expenses, as well as compensation.
Deals between public entities like the city of Ferguson are typically made public under Missouri law, but Webber insisted that the settlement amount remain a secret “due to the adverse impact to Plaintiffs should it be disclosed.”
The Post-Dispatch on Monday reported that an agreement was in the works, and that it would likely be less than $3 million.
Brown’s parents — Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden — filed the wrongful death lawsuit in 2015. Former Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson and former police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, were both named in the suit, in addition to the city.
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The parents claimed that hostile tensions between cops in the area and local blacks led to their son’s death on Aug. 9, 2014 — and that Wilson used excessive and unreasonable force.
The Justice Department and a St. Louis County grand jury both opted to not indict the officer, citing evidence and “credible” witnesses, which apparently supported his claims that Brown, 18, attacked him.
Wilson wound up resigning from the Ferguson Police Department in November of 2014.
The decision to not prosecute him — and the shooting, itself — sparked nationwide protests during the months that followed.
An extensive DOJ probe later found that there had been a “highly toxic environment” of racism and misconduct within the police department — which transformed the city into a “powder keg,” according to then-Attorney General Eric Holder.
In their report, investigators described how officers displayed a racially-biased mentality and culture, causing feelings of mistrust and resentment.
Much of what was listed was also mentioned in the suit filed by Brown’s parents.