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Dorian Johnson lawsuit against Ferguson and police to be handled in federal court

Dorian Johnson lawsuit against Ferguson and police to be handled in federal court

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ST. LOUIS • A lawsuit filed by Dorian Johnson, who was walking with Michael Brown Jr. on Aug. 9 when they were approached by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, has been removed from state court and will be handled in federal court.

The suit was filed earlier this month against the city, Wilson and former police chief Thomas Jackson. The suit claims Wilson assaulted Johnson, violated his constitutional rights, and inflicted emotional pain during the encounter, which ended when Wilson shot Brown to death.

• See the text of the lawsuit here

The notice of removal, filed this week by Wilson and Jackson, says the suit brings up constitutional issues that are better dealt with in federal court.

The lawsuit seeks damages, including punitive, of at least $25,000. It also seeks an injunction to prevent the city of Ferguson and its police from engaging in assault, unlawful arrest and excessive use of force.

A wrongful death suit filed by Brown's family has also been moved to federal court.

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