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Michael Brown’s Family Receives Settlement From Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

The parents of Michael Brown will receive an undisclosed amount of money as part of a wrongful death lawsuit, a judge announced Tuesday.

The federal judge approved the sum, but ruled to keep the terms of the settlement secret out of safety for Michael Brown, Sr., and Lesley McSpadden, reports USA Today.

“Disclosure of the terms of the settlement agreement could jeopardize the safety of individuals involved in this matter, whether as witnesses, parties, or investigators. The public policy to consider records open is outweighed by the adverse impact to Plaintiffs,” U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber wrote.

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot Brown in 2014. The shooting set off violent riots in Ferguson, Mo., while the media took off with the “Hands up, don’t shoot” narrative. A Department of Justice investigation later found that Brown tried to charge Wilson and take his gun. (RELATED: Judge Throws Out Ferguson Rioters’ ‘Excessive Force’ Lawsuit)

Brown’s family still filed a suit alleging Wilson violated Brown’s civil rights by using excessive force against him.

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