Michael Brown’s Friend Files Lawsuit and Grand Juror’s Suit is Dismissed
Dorian Johnson, the man who was with Michael Brown when they encountered Darren Wilson who killed Michael, has filed a lawsuit against the City of Ferguson, former Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, and former police officer Darren Wilson. Dorian filed suit in the St. Louis County Circuit Court. Dorian’s complaint alleges constitutional violations, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress. It mentions many of the Justice Department’s findings. Click here for the lawsuit. It can also be found on the right-side border of this blog under “Documents.”
Paragraph 18 of the lawsuit alleges:
The actions of Defendant Wilson that give rise to this lawsuit are consistent with the aforementioned findings of the Department of Justice. It is against this backdrop and culture of racially biased policing that Officer Darren Wilson encountered Plaintiff Dorian Johnson and his friend Michael Brown, Jr., both African-American males, as they walked down Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014. Officer Wilson used techniques that the FPD previously and repeatedly used to effectuate unconstitutional racially motivated stops of African -American citizens. Officer Wilson used this pretext to chastise and detain Plaintiff Dorian Johnson and Michael Brown , Jr. about the manner in which they were walking in the street.
The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $25,000 in addition to attorney fees and costs. Johnson is represented by Clayton, MO attorney Daniel Brown, and Louisiana attorneys James Williams and Inemesit O’Boyle.
Grand Juror’s Complaint
On Tuesday, a federal judge would not take jurisdiction over the case filed by a former grand juror and said that the grand juror needs to go to a Missouri state court to seek permission to publicly talk about participation on the grand jury to determine whether to indict Darren Wilson.
U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel wrote:. “Federal intervention would interfere with Missouri’s procedures and policies in an area of special state interest, that is, the control, use, and structure of its grand jury system.”
St. Louis Today reports:
Tony Rothert, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, which represents the juror, called Sippel’s dismissal of the federal suit “thoughtful.” Rothert said there were many positives in the ruling, including Sippel’s refusal to rule in McCulloch’s favor on the merits of the case.
Tony Rothert said that before deciding the next step, the ACLU would have to talk to the juror, but he expected action “soon.”
The former grand juror wants freedom to challenge State Attorney McCulloch’s “implication that all grand jurors believed that there was no support for any charges.” He/she also wants to speak with relatives about the case. The former grand juror, whose name is anonymous, says in the suit that there was an unusual focus on Brown’s background in the investigation and allegations of “muddled and untimely” presentation of legal guidelines.
What Is It Costing Ferguson To Clean Up Its Act?
The City of Ferguson has hired Chicago attorney Dan K. Webb to negotiate or possibly litigate reforms with the Department of Justice. His hourly rate is $1,335.00. Dan Webb defended former Illinois Governor George Ryan on federal racketeering and fraud charges. Ryan was convicted and sentenced to 6½ years in prison in 2007.