The parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who died after being shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri last August, have filed a civil suit against the city and two former members of its police force.
Attorneys for Brown’s family filed the seven-count, 44-page lawsuit in circuit court on Monday in St. Louis County. It names the city of Ferguson and Darren Wilson‒the since-resigned officer who fired at the teenager‒as defendants, along with Thomas Jackson, the now-former chief of the Ferguson Police Department.
The suit claims that Wilson, at the time an officer with the FPD, violated Brown’s civil rights during the August 9, 2014 encounter, namely by depriving him of his constitutionally protected right against unlawful detention and against the use of excessive and deadly force.
“Acting under color of law, defendant Wilson deprived [Brown] of his well –established civil rights protected both by the United States Constitution and the state of Missouri Constitution,” the complaint reads in part.