Brown Family Was Paid $1.5 Million in Ferguson Settlement

The amount was concealed when the settlement was announced this week. The city attorney was obliged to disclose the figure in response to an open records request by journalists.

Apollo Carey, the city attorney in Ferguson, Mo., says the city’s insurance company paid $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Michael Brown, reports the Associated Press. Carey disclosed the amount Friday in in response to an open records request. The settlement of the federal lawsuit was announced Tuesday, but financial details were not released.

Brown was 18, black and unarmed when he was fatally shot by white officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing and resigned in November 2014. Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden sued the city, former Police Chief Tom Jackson and Wilson in 2015. They cited a police culture hostile to black residents and claimed Wilson used excessive force.

from https://thecrimereport.org