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Michael Brown's parents set to file wrongful death lawsuit against city of Ferguson

FILE - In this March 5, 2015, file photo, Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown Jr., listens to the family attorney during a news conference in Dellwood, Mo. Lawyers for the parents of Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb, announced Wednesday, April 22, 2015, that they planned to file a civil lawsuit the following day against the city of Ferguson. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

FILE - In this March 5, 2015, file photo, Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown Jr., listens to the family attorney during a news conference in Dellwood, Mo. Lawyers for the parents of Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb, announced Wednesday, April 22, 2015, that they planned to file a civil lawsuit the following day against the city of Ferguson. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)  (The Associated Press)

Lawyers for the parents of an unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb say they will file a civil lawsuit Thursday against the city of Ferguson.

Attorneys for Michael Brown's family announced in a statement Wednesday night their plans to file the lawsuit.

The lawsuit had been expected. Attorneys for Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, and his father, Michael Brown Sr., said at a press conference in early March that a wrongful death lawsuit would be filed "soon."

Brown's shooting death in August by Officer Darren Wilson led to sometimes-violent protests that were renewed when a grand jury declined to charge Wilson.

The U.S. Justice Department also declined to prosecute Wilson, who resigned in November.