The family of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man who was fatally shot in 2014 by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, reached a settlement with the City of Ferguson on Tuesday more than two years after filing a wrongful death lawsuit. The judge, Richard Webber, agreed to keep the settlement sealed, arguing that disclosing the terms “could jeopardize the safety of individuals involved in this matter, whether as witnesses, parties, or investigators.” He noted, however, that the Brown family had obtained “fair and reasonable compensation.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the city could not have paid more than $3 million.
Brown’s family initially filed a wrongful death suit in April 2015 after a grand jury determined there was insufficient evidence to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Brown. (A separate investigation found that the Ferguson Police Department had unfairly targeted African-American residents.) At the time, the family’s lawsuit sought $75,000 in damages, in addition to attorney fees, from Wilson, the City of Ferguson, and the city’s former police chief, Thomas Jackson. After the lawsuit was transferred from state to federal court, Webber dismissed four of its seven counts due to legal technicalities.