In contrast to the findings of U.S. Department of Justice, the lawsuit, filed by Michael Brown Sr., and Lesley McSpadden, claims that Brown was holding his hands up at the time he was shot.
According to the lawsuit, “in a final attempt to protect himself, and prevent additional bodily harm and/or imminent death, MBJ turned around and raised his hands in a non-threatening manner…Upon information and belief, MBJ conveyed the following statement to Defendant Wilson: ‘Don’t shoot. I don’t have a gun. I’m unarmed.”
The lawsuit is asking for at least $75,000 in punitive and compensatory damages.