On Tuesday, the Department of Justice found Ferguson’s Police Department guilty of racially charged practices (that targeted Black residents). But they also concluded that former cop Darren Wilson would not be facing criminal charges for killing unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. A shocking decision considering his murder was the capstone of why the DOJ investigated Ferguson’s racial bias in the first place. Following the ruling, Brown’s family have chosen to sue the city of Ferguson and Wilson in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Wilson being officially freed of responsibility for Brown’s death was expressed in an intense 86-page memorandum from the DOJ, released on Wednesday. Within its pages, it proclaimed Wilson did not violate Brown’s civil rights and had reacted in self-defense. As the Brown family responded hurt and disappointed, they weren’t the only ones baffled and protesters returned to the streets objecting the reasoning. Today, with their lawyer Anthony Gray, a brief press conference was held where the general points of the lawsuit against Ferguson and Wilson were made.
“We are officially formulating a civil case that we anticipate will be filed very shortly on behalf of the family. We plan to demonstrate in a court of law that Wilson’s choice to use deadly force was unreasonable and unnecessary.”
Daryl Parks, another lawyer for the Browns, stated that further details couldn’t be shared at the moment publicly, but that a filing would be soon. The family stood behind Gray but did not speak to the media.
There was hope that justice was on the way for Brown once the DOJ released their harsh reassessment of the Ferguson police. Yet their contradictory move in having viewed Wilson as behaving appropriately in shooting Brown, has again left this controversial incident in limbo.