The parents of black teenager Michael Brown, who was shot dead in August by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, a family attorney said on Thursday.
“He did not have to kill Michael Brown,” attorney Daryl Parks said of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
The announcement comes a day after the U.S. Justice Department said it would not prosecute Wilson but said that it had found racial bias and a pattern of discriminatory and illegal actions against African-Americans by the Ferguson Police Department.
The report said police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson overwhelmingly arrested and issued citations to blacks to boost city revenues through fines and court fees, creating a culture of distrust that exploded on Aug. 9 when Wilson killed Brown.
Brown was unarmed when he was shot multiple times by Wilson, who told investigators he and Brown had an angry and violent encounter, causing him to fear for his life when he shot Brown.
A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Wilson, who has since left the police department.
(Reporting by Carey Gillam; additional reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago; Editing by Susan Heavey and Bill Trott)