Will Michael Brown’s family sue Darren Wilson? Why a civil suit faces hurdles
International Business Times - 12/01/2014
If the Brown family did win a civil suit, the monetary damages awarded likely would be a sum Wilson would be unable to satisfy. The average Ferguson police officer makes $66,000 a year. In contrast, O.J. Simpson, the Hall of Fame football player who was found not guilty in a criminal case of killing his ex-wife and her friend, but found culpable in a civil trial, still hasn’t paid off the $33 million in damages awarded to the victims’ families.
“Even if the Browns could proceed against Officer Wilson, there’s an issue over how much money he might have available. The deeper pockets are the city or the county,” said Daniel Medwed, a professor at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.