Thuggery is apparently good business, at least if you have a relentless lawyer and happen to live in St. Louis.
The parents of deceased criminal Mike Brown — who was shot in 2014 after attacking a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri — have just made out like bandits, after a secret settlement has been approved by a federal judge.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Brown’s parents, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, began their lawsuit against the city of Ferguson in 2015. The amount of the settlement has been kept secret under a so-called “Sunshine Law” exception, which allows courts to seal certain records.
According to the Post-Dispatch, the city’s insurance is has a $3 million payout limit, so the settlement is likely less than that, but it is almost certainly at least a six-figure sum. The payout is “fair and reasonable compensation for this wrongful death claim and is in the best interests of each Plaintiff,” wrote U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber.
The unmarried parents of Brown also sued former police Officer Darren Wilson, who was forced to shoot the young man in self-defense.
During the investigation of the incident, credible witness reports and evidence showed that Brown most likely assaulted the police officer and at one point tried to take Wilson’s service handgun.