Michael Brown's Parents Filing Civil Suit
City of Ferguson will also be named
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2015 11:12 AM CST
Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr., speak at a news conference with civil rights leaders at the National Press Club Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in Washington.   (AP Photo/AP Video)

(Newser) – A day after the Department of Justice cleared Darren Wilson in Michael Brown's shooting death, Brown's parents announced today that they'll be filing a civil suit, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The former Ferguson police officer and the city of Ferguson will be named in the wrongful death action planned by Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, who said nothing at this morning's press conference as their lawyers spoke. "The burden of proof for the federal and state investigation is far different from the burden of proof in a civil case," said an attorney. The standards for the civil rights violations the feds passed on yesterday were much higher. He added that the civil case would go before a jury of "reasonably minded people."

 

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