Even though former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the shooting death of Michael Brown, on Tuesday a federal judge approved a settlement in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Brown’s parents, Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden.
On Friday, the City of Ferguson confirmed the amount with News 4 – $1.5 million to be paid “by its insurance carrier on behalf of multiple defendants” which included Darren Wilson, former Police Chief Tom Jackson, and the City of Ferguson.
Lezley McSpadden, if you’ll recall, is the wife of Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, who “consoled” McSpadden and a crowd of protesters after the shooting by shouting “Burn this motherf—er down” and “Burn this bitch down.”
Which is exactly what many did.
Interestingly, News 4 reports, Brown’s parents argued that their son’s death “deprived them of financial support through his future potential wages.”
Like all the drug deals Brown would have engaged in, apparently.
The three-page ruling doesn’t specifically disclose the settlement amount, but calls it “fair and reasonable compensation for this wrongful death claim and is in the best interests of each Plaintiff.” The money will be split between McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr.
The agreement was also ordered sealed because disclosure “could jeopardize the safety of individuals involved in this matter, whether as witnesses, parties, or investigators.”
Although Wilson was cleared of any wrongdoing because, well, what else are you supposed to do when you’re a cop and a 6 ft 4 in tall 292 pound man attacks you in your vehicle, tries to grab your gun and later comes charging at you, the shooting caused massive, sometimes violent protests and unrest in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis.
Violence in no small part caused by the rhetoric of Brown’s step-father who, although he isn’t specifically named as a beneficiary, is about to become a rich man through his relationship with McSpadden.
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