Michael Brown’s parents sue Ferguson over son’s death

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People move down the street just after tear gas was launched outside of the Ferguson Police Department just after the grand jury decision in the case of the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. | Alex Wroblewski / for the Sun-TImes

CLAYTON, Mo. — The parents of Michael Brown have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson over the fatal shooting of their son by a white police officer.

Brown’s death last summer put a national spotlight on the often-contentious relationship between young black men and police.

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Michael Brown Sr.

Attorneys for Brown’s parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., filed the lawsuit Thursday.Brown was 18 and unarmed when he was shot by officer Darren Wilson during a confrontation. The shooting led to sometimes-violent demonstrations and spawned a national protest movement. In the end, local and federal authorities ruled that the shooting was justified.

Messages from the Associated Press seeking comment from Ferguson officials and an attorney for Wilson were not immediately returned.

JIM SALTER, Associated Press

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