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Michael Brown

The insurance company for the city of Ferguson, Missouri, paid out $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old who was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson in August 2014.

Attorney Apollo Carey disclosed the amount Friday in response to an open-records request from the Associated Press, after the settlement was announced earlier this week. Financial financial details have not been released.

U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber noted that the amount was a “fair and reasonable compensation for this wrongful death clear and is in the best interests of each plaintiff” in approving the settlement earlier this week.

Brown’s parents filed the lawsuit back in May 2015, claiming that a police culture of pervasive hostility toward African Americans led to the death of their son. The lawsuit also accused Wilson of using excessive and unreasonable force and claimed that Wilson and other officers were not properly trained.

Written by Madison365 staff

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