FERGUSON, Ms. – It’s been nearly five years since Michael Brown was fatally shot in an altercation with Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.
And even though a settlement was reached and the shooting was deemed to be justified, the case is still heavily debated.
Michael Brown’s father was not satisfied with the ruling. And now, he’s asking prosecutors to reopen the case and further investigate the details of the fatal shooting.
US News reported that Michael Brown Sr. says that on Friday, the anniversary of his son’s death, he will speak at a news conference in Clayton and urge St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell to reopen the case.
— KMOV (@KMOV) August 5, 2019
It was revealed that Brown, who was 18 at the time, had recently been involved in a strong-armed robbery when confronted by Officer Darren Wilson. Brown eventually battered Wilson to the point the officer discharged his weapon in order to spare himself from great bodily injury or worse.
Officer Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing, yet resigned in November 2014 when he was made into a scapegoat by the public.
The shooting caused the nation to explode into controversy over police and the “killing of unarmed black men” narrative.
Violent riots broke out, tearing through the city. And they came in waves.
The first wave of ‘unrest’ stemming from the shooting went on from August 9, 2014 – August 25, 2014. The second wave came after Officer Wilson was not indicted and lasted from November 24, 2014 – December 2, 2014. A third wave came August 9, 2015 – August 11, 2015 on the anniversary of Brown’s death.
And more may come.
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Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden sued the city, former Police Chief Tom Jackson and Wilson in 2015. They cited a police culture hostile to black residents and claimed Wilson used excessive force.
Approximately three years after Brown’s death, his family received a settlement in that lawsuit.
In 2017, the city attorney in Ferguson, Missouri, says the city’s insurance company paid $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Michael Brown.
The settlement of the federal lawsuit were originally announced that the figure was “in excess of $75,000.”
Turns out it was a lot higher. It’s unclear whether officials will be willing to give the closed case another look.