The legal battle between the family of slain Missouri teen Michael Brown and the Ferguson city officials may be drawing to a close, according to a report.
A settlement in the wrongful death suit, first filed in 2015, is pending a judge’s approval, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday.
Lawyers representing Brown’s parents, former Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson and Darren Wilson, the former officer who fatally shot the 18-year-old, held a nearly 15 minutes conference call Monday. Details of the phone call with Judge E. Richard Webber were sealed in Missouri’s U.S. District Court.
Anthony Gray, the attorney for Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, declined to comment when reached by the Daily News.
The initial suit sought $75,000 in compensation, in addition to punitive damages and a judicial order on police tactics that unfairly target minorities.
A Justice Department study found that Ferguson’s law enforcement routinely undermined “community trust, especially among African Americans.”
Brown’s death sparked a firestorm of nationwide protests in August 2014. Later that year, a grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against Wilson.