FERGUSON, Mo. — The family of strong-armed robbery suspect, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014, has reached a settlement in its wrongful death lawsuit against the city.
Some will be offended that LET reported Brown’s status as a “strong-armed robbery suspect.” But that’s what he was. Not only that, it was demonstrated that he was also engaged in a felony assault of an officer when he was mortally wounded by a cop defending his life. Had Brown not attacked Wilson in his patrol vehicle, he’d be alive today. But that fact is often ignored when people debate the merits of the case.
We’d offer the same reporting if Michael Brown were another race too.
Regardless of the spin that biased journalists tried to put on the case, Brown was a thug, and he died as a result of his behavior. It had nothing to do with a racist police officer.
We have been down this road so many times, we are not going to revisit it here. However, we have plenty to read if you’re so inclined.
These are just a few LET articles related to Michael Brown, Darren Wilson and the riots in Ferguson, Missouri:
- TURMOIL IN FERGUSON
- FERGUSON: IT ALL COMES DOWN TO RELATIONSHIPS
- FERGUSON GRAND JURY – POINT/COUNTER POINT
- AL SHARPTON – WHEN LOONEY TUNES CAME TO TOWN
- FERGUSON LAWSUIT AGAINST POLICE DISMISSED
While the details of the settlement were not disclosed to the public, U.S. Federal Judge Richard Webber called the settlement, “fair and reasonable compensation,” reported WREG News 3.
We are really curious what “fair and reasonable” would be in this case. Actually, by that standard, the Brown family along with the race hustlers, i.e. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson etc al., STILL owe Wilson and the city of Ferguson an apology, not to mention reimbursement for the exorbitant expenditures to keep their town from eviscerating.
As we all know, the incident sparked outrage and protest across the country and literally changed the rules regarding police accountability. i.e. Cops are more accountable then ever, bad guys are not!
An investigation by the Justice Department into the incident brought no charges against Wilson, who successfully argued he shot Brown in self-defense as Brown charged at him.
The civil lawsuit brought by Brown’s family said Wilson “unjustifiably shot and killed (Michael Brown), using an unnecessary and unreasonable amount (of) force in violation of (Brown’s) constitutionally guaranteed right to life.”
Details of the settlement were not made public.
However, the original lawsuit shows the Brown family was seeking punitive and compensatory damages in excess of $75,000, in addition to attorney’s fees.
Oh yeah, we’d be willing to bet it is quite a bit north of that figure.
Yet, what has happened to Wilson, a man whose life was literally destroyed by this incident? Last we saw him was during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in November 2014. He looked like a “shell-shocked” soldier during the interview.
So where is his compensation? He was the victim of a brutal assault; public scorn; ridicule; devilish lies; mockery! The list could extend for awhile. Yet through it all Brown has been nearly canonized … and it’s disgusting!
A large number of people became willing participants in a false narrative that did nothing but divide us. This settlement will not do anything to alleviate the chasm.