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Michael Brown's Parents Reach Deal With Ferguson

Judge orders settlement to remain secret
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2017 7:42 AM CDT
Secret Settlement Reached in Michael Brown Lawsuit
Lezley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., sit for an interview with The Associated Press in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – Nearly three years after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, a settlement has been reached in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his parents. A federal judge signed off on the civil settlement Tuesday but ordered most of the details to be kept secret, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which has been told by sources that the amount is less than $3 million. The parents, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, sued the city of Ferguson, former Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson, and Wilson, who was cleared of wrongdoing by federal investigators after shooting the unarmed black teenager.

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In his ruling, US District Judge E. Richard Webber said the settlement, which will be split between the parents, was "fair and reasonable compensation." He ordered the agreement to remain sealed because making it public "could jeopardize the safety of individuals involved in this matter, whether as witnesses, parties, or investigators," the AP reports. The shooting led to protests across the country and to a blistering Department of Justice report on racial discrimination by the Ferguson police force. The Washington Post reports that Brown's parents quoted extensively from the 2015 DoJ report in their lawsuit, which accused police of using excessive force in a pattern of misconduct that led to the shooting of their son. (Read more Michael Brown stories.)

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