Once again, the government has paid out a settlement for a crime that wasn’t deemed a crime in criminal court. Michael Brown’s family has reached an undisclosed settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the city of Ferguson, Mo.
Seriously, I need someone to sit me down and break down the U.S. legal system.
Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson three years ago when Wilson stopped him and claims the teenager charged at him. The non-conviction in Brown’s murder resulted in public outrage over the course of multiple days in an event now called the Ferguson Uprising.
CNN reports that Brown’s family said Wilson “unjustifiably shot and killed (Brown), using an unnecessary and unreasonable amount (of) force in violation of (Brown’s) constitutionally guaranteed right to life.”
In related news, there are rumors that the life of Brown, and his death, will be made into a biopic. The Root reported that Warner Bros. acquired the rights to Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown, a book written by Lezley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, and novelist Lyah Beth LeFlore.
McSpadden and Brown’s mother recently made good news for graduating from high school together.