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Family of teen shot by police settles wrongful death suit

The family of Michael Brown has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, the officer who shot and killed the teen and the Ferguson police chief.

Michael Brown was killed in an altercation with police in 2014. According to some witnesses, the teen was standing with his hands in the air when the officer shot him. Others say that Brown, 18, attacked the officer in his car and tried to get his duty weapon, leading to the officer shooting the teenager. The community erupted in protests and riots, which also occurred across the nation.

The officer who shot and killed the teen was not indicted by the grand jury, and an investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) determined that the officer should not be prosecuted. However, the DOJ investigation did result in an agreement with the city of Ferguson to "make significant changes to address racial bias in its police department and municipal court. The process to do so could take several years and cost over $2 million.

The lawsuit alleges that the officer used excessive force and that the city allowed a "police culture hostile to black residents." A U.S. District Court judge has approved the settlement, saying that it was "fair and reasonable compensation for this wrongful death claim and is in the best interests of each Plaintiff." The rest of the settlement details have been sealed by the court.

A wrongful death lawsuit can help you seek compensation for a loved one who died due to another's recklessness, carelessness or negligence. Your New Hampshire attorney can provide more information.

Source: CBS News, "Michael Brown's family receives $1.5 million settlement in wrongful death lawsuit," June 23, 2017

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