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Michael Brown's Family Announce Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Ferguson

The family announced on Thursday that they had filed a wrongful death lawsuit in response to a Ferguson police officer fatally shooting the unarmed black teen on Aug. 9.

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On Thursday, attorneys for the family of Michael Brown announced that they had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson for the killing of 18-year-old Brown in August, 2014.

"We are here today simply to present our case," said attorney Benjamin Crump. "We expect to put on evidence that you've never seen.

The attorneys for the family said that while the evidence in the case has not changed, "the presentation of the evidence will change."

"We don't believe that the shooter of an unarmed 18 year old teenager has never been cross-examined," said Crump. "When you allow somebody to not be cross examined, you allow that person to construct the narrative that they want. We look forward to cross examining these police narratives."

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"It's not Michael's Browns parents filing this lawsuit," Crump continued. "It is the forensic evidence that's filing it."

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Michael Brown's family first announced on Wednesday that they were on the verge of filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri.

The family had announced plans to file a lawsuit in March.

In a statement, attorneys representing Michael Brown's father, Michael Brown, Sr., said they planned to detail the claims made in the lawsuit on Thursday. A representative for the attorneys told BuzzFeed News Wednesday evening that he could not yet provide additional information.

In March the family said they planned to file the lawsuit "to show a more accurate picture of what took place that day."

The family also said they believe Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who killed Brown, did not need to use deadly force.

The comments came after the Justice Department determined there was not sufficient evidence to bring charges against Wilson, although investigators did find a widespread pattern of unconstitutional abuse committed by the police department. That included the use of unreasonable stops and force on minority members of the community.

The report detailing the abuse eventually led to resignations from Ferguson's city manager and two police officers, as well as the firing of a court clerk.

Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

Contact Jim Dalrymple II at jim.dalrymple@buzzfeed.com.

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