An attorney for the family of Michael Brown said on Sunday that his clients may sue former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson or the Ferguson police department.
“We will certainly give the parties a chance to work that out among the parties if they choose to,” the family attorney, Daryl Parks, said on “Fox News Sunday”.
Parks, who operates a law firm based in Florida and worked for the family of Trayvon Martin during the trial of George Zimmerman, said that a lawsuit could come against Wilson for violating Brown’s civil rights, against the Ferguson police department, or against the city of Ferguson — a suburb of St. Louis with about 20,000 residents.
“I think there’s a chance to resolve whatever differences we may have,” Parks continued. “That could be a settlement. It could be some form of litigation. It just depends.”
Wilson, 28, fatally shot Brown on Aug. 9. A grand jury declined to indict him in the shooting on Monday after several months of testimony from around 60 witnesses.
The six-year law enforcement veteran officially resigned from the Ferguson police force on Saturday.
Wilson’s attorney, Neil Bruntrager, said that he does not believe a lawsuit will be successful.
“It’s really not directed to the individual,” Bruntrager said, adding “it’s directed to the police department itself for a variety of reasons.”
“I think they’re going to have a difficult road, but every American has the right to seek redress in the court.”
In a separate interview on Sunday, another Brown family attorney, Benjamin Crump, told “Face the Nation” that the family is “exploring every legal option.”