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Family of black teenager shot by police sue US city

The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot dead by US police last summer, have filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri.

Brown was fatally shot by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in August.

Michael Brown was shot dead last August. Credit: Family handout

In November, a grand jury elected not to file charges against Wilson. A federal investigation later determined that Wilson should not be charged.

The shooting last August sparked a wave of angry demonstrations and unrest over police violence, particularly against minorities in Ferguson and around the US.

Mayor: Ferguson officer 'will get no severance deal'

The police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, did not get a severance deal when he resigned, the mayor has confirmed.

Darren Wilson handed in his notice after days of protests in the town following a grand jury's decision not to indict him for the shooting, saying he feared for his own safety and that of his fellow officers.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles confirmed Wilson would get "no severance or extension of benefits" after his resignation.


Ferguson mayor: 'Time to move on'

The mayor of Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb torn apart by clashes over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, said the community must move on.

His remarks came after the resignation of officer Darren Wilson, who shot Mr Brown, announced his resignation.

Protesters took to the streets of Ferguson. Credit: Reuters

Mayor James Knowles said he had not asked for Wilson's resignation, and even though the officer expressed an interest "in a future here," Mr Knowles said he wanted the city to turn a page.

"I think it is best that we continue to move on as a community," he said.

'Journey for Justice' peace march sets off in Ferguson

Over a hundred protesters in Ferguson, angry at the decision not to indict Darren Wilson for killing unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, have started a week-long peace march to Jefferson City.

Supporters of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) stand outside the burned remains of a building in Ferguson. Credit: Reuters

The 135-mile march is being organised by the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People in an attempt to bring peaceful visibility on the need for reform in the justice system.

The 'Journey for Justice' peace march beginning in Ferguson. Credit: Reuters

NAACP president Cornell William Brooks told the St Louis Post:

What we’re endeavoring to do is seek justice for a grieving family and systemic change and reforms at the municipal, state and federal levels.

– Cornell William Brooks

Participants will walk more than 20 miles during the day and start at churches at night.

Darren Wilson resignation 'effective immediately'

The police officer Darren Wilson who killed Michael Brown has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, his attorney said, according to Associated Press.

The news agency reported the decision, which comes nearly four months after the fatal confrontation with the black 18-year-old that fueled protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation.

Darren Wilson, 28, has been on administrative leave since the shooting on Aug. 9. His resignation was announced Saturday by one of his attorneys, Neil Bruntrager. AP reported Mr Bruntrager as saying the resignation is effective immediately.


Ferguson officer Darren Wilson resigns in wake of fatal shooting of Michael Brown

Ferguson officer Darren Wilson resigns in wake of fatal shooting of Michael Brown, Associated Press is reporting.

15 protesters arrested overnight in Ferguson

A policeman and member of the National Guard detain a man who was demanding justice for the killing of Michael Brown. Credit: Reuters

Fifteen people were arrested overnight in Ferguson after taking part in protests against a decision not to indict the white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager.

Tensions escalated after police said protesters began illegally blocking an avenue.

A group of around 100 protesters had marched down the avenue towards the city's police and fire departments chanting, blocking traffic and stopping in front of businesses. One protester said:

I served my country. I spent four years in the Army, and I feel like that's not what I served my country for. I served my country for justice for everyone. Not because of what colour, what age, what gender or anything.

– Ebonie Tyse, 26, St Louis

More protests across US over Michael Brown shooting

Police face off with a protester in San Francisco. Credit: Reuters

There were more protests across the US last night over the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

Riot police face protesters in central San Francisco. Credit: Reuters

As well as more disturbances in Ferguson itself, crowds gathered in the Californian cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles to voice their discontent at the grand jury's decision.

Police handcuff a protester in Los Angeles. Credit: Reuters

Darren Wilson 'will never return to policing'

The Ferguson police officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown is unlikely to ever return to policing, his lawyer has said.

Darren Wilson, the Missouri police officer who shot dead Michael Brown. Credit: Reuters

A grand jury announced its decision on Tuesday not to press criminal charges against Darren Wilson over the death of Brown, sparking violent riots in Ferguson and protests in dozens of US cities.

"Realistically speaking, Darren will never be a police officer again, and he understands that," Jim Towey told NBC station KSDK.

"Going forward it will be school, and trying to carve out a new niche, new career, for he and his family."

Neal Bruntraeger, Wilson's other lawyer, said his client understood the risk he was taking by speaking publicly for the first time, revealing that people had "offered bounties on his life" after the fatal shooting.

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