[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The family of Michael Brown, the 18-year old thief who lost his life after attacking a police officer, was dealt a devastating blow by a federal judge, E. Richard Webber, in St. Louis. Brown’s family, who portrayed the hulking teen as a gentle giant and perpetuated the false “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative, sued the city on four counts of wrongful death. Although Brown was the aggressor, attacking Officer Wilson rather than complying with his instructions, the family was suing the city claiming that it “fostered a culture of hostility” which, they claim, led to Brown confronting and attacking Wilson.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Two of the counts, against Officer Darren Wilson who was attacked by Brown and Police Chief Thomas Jackson, were dismissed due to redundancy. The judge did allow for the possibility to refile the claims if the redundant parts are dismissed for other reasons.
Two others, related to the state civil rights matters, were not in dispute.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, two additional counts were challenged by the city and, though they were not dismissed, they may be eventually because Brown’s parents may not be able to constitutionally make claims on behalf of Michael Brown who was technically an adult at the time of the altercation which led to his death.
Lawyers for the city said that the family cannot make certain Constitutional claims on behalf of Brown. Brown family lawyer Jasmine Rand said that Brown was not independent of his parents. He was living with family and was still being supported by his parents, she told Webber.
Webber said that he would allow the Brown family lawyers time to explore whether a city insurance policy meant that Ferguson could not claim “sovereign immunity” against another part of the lawsuit.
Following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, his step-father was caught on tape inciting a riot, prior to the massive anarchy and destruction in Ferguson. He yelled over and over again, “Burn this b*tch down!”
And they did.
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