Michael Brown Family Attorney Goes After Local Paper for ‘Racist Speculation’

In an effort to uncover more information about slain Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch filed a petition to obtain Brown’s juvenile records. The paper reported last week that he wasn’t facing serious felony charges at the time of his death. And earlier this week, a judge denied the petitions both by the Post-Dispatch and

Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump, however, is rather upset with the Post-Dispatch for engaging in this kind of “racist speculation’ about Brown’s character while not putting any of the same zeal into digging up information on the man who shot Brown, Officer Darren Wilson.

Crump sent an open letter today to the Post-Dispatch calling them out for being so fixated on trying to find dirt on Brown’s past:

“In this new age, where there is a war being waged for clicks and eyeballs, it appears the Post-Dispatch has chosen to forgo its duty to report facts and provide meaningful context and has instead opted to pursue gossip and racist speculation. This is deeply disappointing.”

Meanwhile, Crump asked, why isn’t the paper doing anything to provide the public “a single new fact on Darren Wilson’s behavior as a police officer”?

You can read the full open letter here.

[h/t CNN]
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