Lesley McSpadden

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Today Show interview


McSpadden and Brown Sr. describe the last 36 hours following the Grand Jury’s decision, Officer Wilson’s interview and the justice system:

My son respected law enforcement, who in their right mind would rush or charge at a police officer that has his gun drawn. It sounds crazy.

Crump: When you have people of color be killed they try to demonize and play on the stereotypes, and they try to put the police officer who killed our children on a pedestal. It’s just not right, and we have to fix this system.

‘Today’ Show Confronts Brown Family With Video Of Stepdad Inciting Protesters

25 Nov, 2014

Brown’s parents ‘profoundly disappointed’

Brown’s parent’s respond to the grand jury decision:

We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference

24 Nov, 2014

Mother’s despair

McSpadden cries out in despair on the top of a car after she learns of the grand jury’s decision regarding her deceased son, Brown:

Everybody wants me to be calm, do they know how those bullets hit my son?  What they did to his body as they entered his body?

Michael Brown's mother 'They're never going to care'


Wilson not charged

The grand jury decides that Wilson will not face charges in the shooting death of Brown. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney McCulloch says the 12 members of the grand jury had met on 25 separate days over three months and heard testimony from about 60 witnesses, along with experts on blood, DNA, toxicology and firearms.

[They] poured their hearts and soul into this process. They gave up their lives, put their lives on hold, put their families on hold.

He said many witness accounts, many on social media, conflicted with the case’s physical evidence. For example, he added, some witnesses said Brown was shot in the back while running away from Wilson, but autopsy results showed no wounds to the back of his body.

There is no question that Darren Wilson caused the death of Michael Brown by shooting him, but the inquiry does not end there. But the duty of the grand jury is to separate fact and fiction…no probable cause exists to file any charges against Darren Wilson.

14 Nov, 2014

Return from Geneva

airport Brown parentsMcSpadden and Brown Sr. return to St. Louis after speaking at a United Nations Committee regarding human rights. Brown Sr. speaks to a small group gathered at the airport thanking them for their support:

The trip to Geneva was beautiful, I had a chance to express the loss and the things that are going on in Missouri.

12 Nov, 2014

Present report to U.N.

McSpadden, Brown Sr. and several activists present a report to the United Nations, alleging the shooting of their son by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson and police tactics used against protesters in the following days violate the U.N.’s anti-torture convention. The report also requests for  Gov. Jay Nixon to apologize to protesters and the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson. Human rights attorneys:

The report addresses the torture and/or cruel inhuman and degrading treatment of protesters and those killed by law enforcement.

11 Nov, 2014

Geneva U.N. speech

McSpadden and Brown Sr. travel to Geneva, Switzerland to address the members of the United Nations about bringing international awareness to the shooting death of their unarmed son. They speak about police brutality and the latest events happening in Ferguson.

We need the world to know what’s going on in Ferguson and we need justice, we need answers and we need action. And we have to bring it to the U.N. so they can expose it to the rest of the world, what’s going on in small town Ferguson.

25 Oct, 2014

Fight over merchandise

Brown’s mother, McSpadden finds her mother, Pearlie Gordon and cousin, Tony Petty selling t-shirts in a restaurant parking lot. The family members fight over merchandise related to his death and McSpadden is hit in the face with a metal pipe. Eyewitness:

Ms. McSpadden jumped out of a car, accompanied by another unidentified person, and yelled you can’t sell this [expletive]. The assault suspect took the merchandise and about $1,400 in cash.

30 Sep, 2014

Steve Harvey interview


Harvey speaks with McSpadden, the mother of deceased teenager Brown, regarding his shooting death. Grieving processes, police brutality and racial protocols are also discussed.

Michael was my first born, he was the leader of the pack for my two daughters and my other son. He was meek, he was humble, he was tall and he was mine.

Steve Harvey's emotional chat with Michael Brown's mom

21 Aug, 2014

AC 360 interview


Brown’s parents, McSpadden and Brown Sr. speak with Cooper about the tragic shooting death of their son. They confirm their confidence with the Ferguson justice system, voice their opinions on a grand jury decision and involving the Federal government. McSpadden:

Even if this hadn’t happened people ridicule each other anyway, but he was a teenager, he was growing up, he was only 18. He had a chance to make a mistake and correct it just like the officer, he had a choice and the officer chose the wrong one. Was it really necessary…No. My son was only 18, only 18.

Mike Brown's parents interviewed by Anderson Cooper Aug 21 2014

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