Michael Brown’s Parents Will File Suit over Fatal Police Shooting, Attorneys Say

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 5, 2015

The parents of Michael Brown plan to file a wrongful-death lawsuit in the near future, their attorneys announced Thursday. They will sue the city of Ferguson and Darren Wilson, the former Ferguson police officer who fatally shot their son.

That news followed Wednesday’s release of the U.S. Justice Department report on its investigation into the shooting on Aug. 9.

The report concluded that it was reasonable for Wilson to be afraid of Brown in their encounter last summer, and thus the officer cannot be prosecuted for killing the unarmed 18-year-old.


The decisions by state and federal authorities not to charge Wilson have no legal bearing on a civil case, said Steve Ryals, a local civil rights attorney.

But, as a practical matter, the lack of charges could influence a jury.

“It’s going to be virtually impossible to find a panel that has not heard of this,” Ryals said. “In the mind of many people, the decision of federal government is the end.”

Brown’s parents–Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr.–said nothing as they stood behind their attorneys at a news conference Thursday at Greater St. Mark Family Church near Ferguson.

Brown family attorney Anthony Gray said the civil suit would “outline pretty much the same evidence” that state and federal prosecutors considered.

“However, you will get a more clear, more accurate picture of what took place that day,” Gray said. “We feel, as we’ve always felt from the very beginning, that Officer Darren Wilson did not have to shoot and kill Mike Brown Jr. in broad daylight in the manner that he did. That other options (were) available to him.”



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  • Don’t be surprised if the first judge that sees this suit summarily dismisses it.

    Lesley McSpadden herself might face charges for her part in whacking Michael Brown’s step-grandmother when the former didn’t like the fact that the latter was trying to monetize the whole tragedy. Then there’s still the matter of Louis Head’s riot incitement.

    • A Freespeechzone

      I suppose the parents expected Darren Wilson to just ‘lie down and die’ at the hands of their thug son…..who, by the way, robbed a convenience store.

      How in the hell does self-defense justify a lawsuit?

      I’m glad that Michael Brown is no longer alive, he made his choice when he tried to rush Darren Wilson….no apologies.

      • Realist

        “How in the hell does self-defense justify a lawsuit?”

        When you have an IQ around 75…..it’s easy.

    • Robert Smith

      I bet if the police poked around Lewis Head they might find enough to connect him to D’Andre Joshua.

      • You know it’s strange, a thought like that ran across my mind for a split second this morning. Maybe they have an inkling that Head knows something, and they’re trying to pry him open and they’re going to wave the riot incitement sword of Damocles over his head.

        • Robert Smith

          My goodness, at least make him worry about it. Keep the pressure on them. Offer rewards for information, gift certificates to Dirt Cheap ought to do it.

    • Petronius

      One of the plaintiffs’ elements of proof in a wrongful death claim is damages. Ordinarily that means a calculation of the loss of decedent’s potential future earnings, the value of his companionship, and the like. But for a ne’er-do-well and criminal like Michael Brown, such damages would appear to be negligible. Of course black juries might do anything — and generally they do.

      The plaintiffs’ would also have to show that they were potential beneficiaries of the decedent’s earnings, largesse, and affections. That is problematic because Michael Brown’s relationship was with his grandmother, not the plaintiffs (his mom and dad). But again, the conduct and relation of the potential beneficiaries (mom and dad) with the decedent are matters to be considered by the jury as bearing on the award.

      • John Smith

        They’d probably save money by not having to pay future bail or fix their home when rivals drive-by on it, or at least the taxpayers who support them would.

        • MrGJG

          That would imply that they’d actually care enough to bail him out. As for fixing their home; have you ever been in the hood?

          • John Smith

            I know, I know.

      • Mark

        Don’t forget, the Gentle Giant was going to become a Rocket Scientist, Heart Surgeon or something along those lines 🙂

        • I believe his chosen degree plan was in “Rocket Surgery”.

          • It was HVAC work he planned to do, except that the companies that do that sort of work drug-test their employees and require that they be bonded and insured. How a pot-smoking robber would pass muster in those respects is quite unclear.

          • Ah, so I was right then, HVAC repair is essentially on the same level as rocket surgeon, or brain scientistician for them.

    • Didn’t she use a club or a piece of metal pipe? That would be assault with a deadly weapon, a felony.

    • The fact that it’s “might face charges” and not “has been charged” is despicable. How many months has it been now?

  • walt

    Winning the ghetto lottery was the #1 concern of the gentle giant’s so called fambly from the get go

    • And people can’t understand why no one who really knows blacks likes blacks. Even black people don’t like black people!

    • Oil Can Harry

      No surprise that Steve Ryals is a self-hating white piece of garbage who used to work for the ACLU.

      • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

        White? Or “white”? Does he gleefully count his shekels and avoid pork products? Hmmm

  • MekongDelta69

    …And when they do, every White person who was affected by them, should counter-sue

    • Irish

      For what ?…The T shirts

      • I imagine he’s referring to the property damage and injuries incurred as a result of the riots, if you were being serious and not deliberately obtuse.

        • Irish

          Attempt at levity. I assume the Brown family hasn’t a nickel to be won from in court.

          • I doubt they own anything more valuable than a used crack pipe.

          • My mistake, I was severely confused by the question. I wonder though if the Brown “fambly” hasn’t received a significant amoung of money in the form of donations from clueless liberals? I assume they have SOMETHING which could be taken, and if they do, I certainly think it should be taken from them.

          • Irish

            If you’d beat down Mom for a few hundred dollars & some T shirts me guesses you haven’t anything worth suing over..

  • They’re suing officer Darren Wilson, despite the fact that the incident, involving their son, ruined this man’s career, and possibly his life. What part of “the grand jury found that Officer Wilson acted properly” don’t they understand? Given how these two think I can see why their son became a thug. But then that is typical of black parents. They are really authoritarian in the home, and will beat their little ones for not being potty trained soon enough, but will coddle them if they commit violent crimes against others, especially Whites.

    • TomIron361

      not being potty trained soon enough
      I knew of a black guy who wasn’t potty trained until he was twenty three years old.

      • Travis Lee

        They’re tough in prison.

      • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

        Wow, he’s a prodigy! I didn’t think they ever got fully potty trained, they smell so horrid.

  • Race Heretic

    In a sane world, these lawsuits would be dismissed immediately. Even Eric “My people” Holder had to admit Wilson was justified.

  • WR_the_realist

    The case will not be decided by the facts. it will be decided by how successfully the prosecution can stack the jury.

    • John Smith

      No prosecution in this case, just a plaintiff.

      • Yeppers. “Wrongful death” is a civil lawsuit and not a criminal case.

      • WR_the_realist

        True, although there is still a jury to be stacked, if the government wants one.

  • Dave4088

    Someone’s about to win the ghetto lottery and buy a big, fancy ghetto fabulous house in an all white neighborhood.

  • Steve_in_Vermont

    The reason any lawyer will touch this case is with the hope of an out-of-court settlement in which he pockets at least 1/3, plus expenses. The other alternative is backing by some organization with an agenda of its own.

  • TheCogitator

    Being unscrupulous people, why wouldn’t they sue? It will cost them nothing if they lose, and the taxpayers will lose either way. They stand to make a big payoff. There is a good chance they will be given a hefty settlement. Trayvon Martin’s parents got more than a million bucks from the homeowner’s association. In a more ideal world, the parents of each of these thugs would be held responsible for the actions of their feral spawn rather than getting a big payoff. But in a more ideal world there would be no need for this site.

    • Martin’s parents were probably paid by the HOA’s insurance provider. Otherwise, the homeowners were each individually on the hook for a special HOA assessment. We had one here, due to roof repairs that were made necessary by hail damage. I have special assessment coverage on my insurance, but there was still a $500 deductible that I had to pay out of pocket.

      • TheCogitator

        Yes, I believe it was the insurance company that settled with the Martin’s to make them go away. It probably made the rate increase. It could be said that the Martin’s hit the ghetto lotto because at the rate he was going it was likely that another young black male would have killed Trayvon. One way had a huge payoff, the other would have meant they would have incurred disposal fees.

  • Chip Carver

    They’ll be shooting (no pun intended – well maybe) for a stacked jury.

  • dd121

    I think it’s Wilson who ought to be filing the lawsuits.

  • RacialRay

    The cretin’s sire and sow come out of the shadows, drooling to collect on the tragic good fortune of his execution. And the shameless media keeps reprinting that ancient photo of the 300 pound thug wearing the mortarboard from his kindergarten stepping-up as if it were a halo on his sainted, nappy head.

    I wonder how it feels to have no soul.

  • Luca

    If I were the defense lawyer for Wilson, I would take great pleasure in subpoenaing Eric Holder, place him on the witness stand and hearing him say the DOJ found Officer Wilson innocent. I would also sell tickets and copyright the DVD of him uttering those words. And after he testifies as such, I would say “I rest my case”.

  • Another big hitch is that if it’s a state based lawsuit, it will be held in St. Louis County at the court house in Clayton and be heard by a St. Louis County jury. Assuming a judge doesn’t summarily dismiss it. If it’s a Federal lawsuit, it be heard at the Federal Court House in Downtown St. Louis but the jurors will be from the entirety of the Eastern Missouri Federal circuit service area. Again, if a judge doesn’t knock it out first.

    In either case, I can ill imagine that you’ll be able to find a pool of 12 people were 9 of them find against Darren Wilson and the FPD.

    • Petronius

      Wrongful death claims are based in State statutes; no basis appears for Federal jurisdiction.

  • USofAntiWhite

    I would bet these parents at some point after watching TV or being on social media and noticing the various hashtag phrases related to their son’s demise thought, “now we should be gettin’ paid, this is about our boy!” I don’t know what bewilders me more; them thinking about money, related to marketing their kid’s death or that they think it has a monetary value because someone tweeted it.

  • Alexandra1973

    What options? Being mowed down by a gentle giant?

  • Marilyn

    I don’t see how the mom and boyfriend or dad or whoever is going to win a lawsuit. I didn’t know Michael Brown didn’t live with his mom. Maybe she’s feeling guilt over not being there for her son while he was growing up and that’s why she figures she will do right by him? I know it’s too little too late for that. I have a young son and I can’t imagine not raising him myself and teaching him right from wrong.

    • MBlanc46

      Bronx jury.

    • If we had a son, we would name him Owen, or if another girl, “Penelope”. When Ariadne turns 13, one of my friends will teach her how to shoot properly. Ariadne can live with us as long as she wants.

  • John Smith


  • John Smith

    They saw the million dollars in donations he got and the city wanting to make it go away with a settlement from their insurance company – and their lawyer knows he’s getting most of it from these congoids.

  • Mike Brown’s parent’s are now suing? The police here have drawn guns on me. It ain’t “not that thang”. I always did whatever they said once they did that, and have been almost always been able to explain the situation.

  • InAFreeCountry

    Unfortunately, the racial makeup of the jury could be a factor in the outcome. Stick it to whitey.

  • RaySist27

    Other options were available to him.

    ‘Other options’ were also available to that thug and most likely future inmate named Mike Brown. Such options included not robbing a convenience store, not walking down the middle of the street, and not trying to take a cops’ gun. ‘Other options’ were also available to these idiot parents who are now trying to hit the ghetto lottery, such as not raising their son to be a cop hating menace to society.

  • eavesmac

    Another Tray-von-athon.

  • eavesmac

    You’re absolutely correct; black on black killing is much better!

  • Robert Smith

    I seem to have missed the article where Michael Brown’s parents apologized to Darren Wilson for raising such a POS. Compare and contrast this with the deli shop owner apologizing for celebrating his own race in his own place.

  • Jason Lewis

    I really hope the city puts up a fight but they’ll probably settle.

  • Refusing a subpoena would result in the judge issuing a “contempt of court” warrant for Holder’s arrest.

  • MBlanc46

    Can’t blame them. It’s their shot at the lottery.

  • SupremeGalooty

    The real tort here is on the deceased. The damaged party is the officer who has a valid claim on the estate. (That would be a half ounce of pot and some dirty socks.) What a magnificent fiasco brought to you by legions of ignorati.

  • Dave West

    Who wants to play the ghetto lottery???!!!

  • Douglas Quaid

    If anyone should be suing anyone it should be Darren Wilson suing MSNBC, Al Sharpton, and the Black Panthers, for defamation and for putting him and his family in fear for their lives.

  • “Stop Killing Us”? This Afritard is pointing his finger in the wrong direction.

  • Head was apparently merely shacked-up with Mike’s mother. They didn’t want the ogre around while he was alive, but now terribly miss him.

  • Karma got him, I believe, didnt he drown in a pool bought with settlement money?

  • MooTieFighter

    Even more torment for the guy showing up to work, doing his job and defending himself. Why do we allow criminals and non-productive members of our society to drain from the producers? It causes a non-functional society.

  • MooTieFighter

    They really don’t understand how a highly functional society works. This is why we should live separate. It’s the ONLY way we will ever have peace.


    The best part of the story, That sack of shite won’t be attacking anyone again.

  • Realist.44

    The only time a negro “parent” steps up is when dey gonna gets paid by YT.