On Wednesday, police arrested the friend who was walking with Michael Brown Jr. when the African American victim was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
Dorian Johnson was arrested for resisting an arrest and “discarding suspected narcotics on the ground,” Leah K. Freeman, St. Louis County Police spokeswoman, said.
The charges will be filed on Thursday.
Johnson and Brown were walking on August 9 last year when Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson approached them and fatally shot the unarmed Brown. The incident elicited demonstrations and outcry throughout Ferguson that lasted months.
Johnson said Brown was shot “like an animal,” USA Today reported.
According to New York Post, Johnson filed a lawsuit against the city, Wilson and former police chief Thomas Jackson.
The lawsuit says that the two African American individuals were walking when Wilson called out to them from his patrol car and told them to “get the f**k on the sidewalk.” Wilson then stopped them “without justification and unreasonably detained [them]” and shot Brown, as reported by The Huffington Post.
The suit further says that Johnson was assaulted by the police officer in question, also violating Johnson’s constitutional rights. Johnson also claims to have suffered emotional pain at the hands of Wilson, who did not have any cause or suspicion to detain Brown, during the incident.
Johnson is seeking $25,000 in damages. He is also seeking an injunction to stop the officers of the city of Ferguson from unlawfully arresting individuals and engaging in assault with them.
A report released by the Department of Justice in March revealed that the Ferguson Police Department followed discriminatory practices against African Americans. The lawsuit filed by Johnson, which highlights this finding, says that organizations responsible for law enforcement ignore public safety and focus more on generating revenue.
A St. Louis County Grand Jury decided on November 24 last year not to indict Wilson. Some of Johnson’s records were also not released publicly until a Justice Department civil rights investigation could be completed.
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