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Michael Brown wrongful death lawsuit removed to federal court

Michael Brown wrongful death lawsuit removed to federal court

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Michael Brown's family files wrongful-death lawsuit

Michael Brown's mother, Lezley McSpadden, closes her eyes as attorneys Benjamin Crump (left) and Anthony Gray announce a wrongful-death lawsuit by Brown's relatives on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at the St. Louis County Circuit Court in Clayton. The suit names as defendants the city of Ferguson, former Police Chief Thomas Jackson and former police officer Darren Wilson. Photo by Huy Mach, hmach@post-dispatch.com

ST. LOUIS • A wrongful death lawsuit filed last month in state court by Michael Brown Jr.'s parents against the city of Ferguson has been removed to federal court in St. Louis.

Former police chief Thomas Jackson and former police officer Darren Wilson filed this week seeking to have the suit moved, saying it brings up constitutional issues better dealt with in federal court. The St. Louis County Court issued a notice that the case will now go to federal court.

The suit claimed the city fostered a culture of hostility that eventually led to the 18-year-old's death in August. The Brown family attorney, Anthony Gray, has said he expects present new evidence to show that Brown was not a threat in the moments just before Wilson fatally shot him.

• Read the lawsuit here

A suit filed by Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown at the time of the shooting, was also moved to federal court.

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