The parents of the late Michael Brown appeared on “CBS This Morning” and NBC’s “Today,” saying they don’t believe “a word” of Darren Wilson’s account of the August 9th shooting of their son. Then they made a somewhat bold allegation: Wilson wanted to kill someone that day.
The police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown gave his version of the story during an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News Tuesday night. During the interview, Wilson claimed that Brown was reaching for his gun and that he felt his life was in danger.
“I just felt the immense power that he had,” Wilson told Stephanopoulos. “... it was like a 5-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan. That’s how big this man was.” Wilson went on to admit that he had a clear conscious and that he would do it again.
Michael Brown’s parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., felt that Wilson’s primetime interview was insulting and “so disrespectful.”
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“His conscience is clear. How can your conscience be clear after killing someone even if it was an accidental death?” asked McSpadden on “CBS This Morning,” on Wednesday.
Brown Sr., who sat right beside his ex-wife, claimed that his 18-year-old son “respected law enforcement” and questioned, “Who in their right mind would rush or charge at a police officer who has his gun?”
McSpadden said on CBS that she believes Wilson wanted to kill someone. If given the chance, Brown Sr. said they would have one question for Wilson: “Why did you choose to wake up with a chip on your shoulder and do what you did to our son?”
The parents also added that not a single public official reached out to them after the grand jury’s decision and they feel “disrespected all the way around.”
A video surfaced on Tuesday of McSpadden breaking into tears as the grand jury decision was announced Monday night. The video also captured her husband -- Michael Brown’s stepfather -- yelling at the crowd to “burn this b**** down!”
When asked if her husband’s actions were the cause of the violence, looting and fires that transpired after the verdict, McSpadden said that she “wouldn’t hold him accountable for that.” She went on to criticize Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and the way he handled the investigation. “The crowd was already stirred. It’s been stirring since August 9,” McSpadden continued. “They stirred the pot. They had everyone on edge.”
While the parents of Michael Brown might not feel support from any public officials, they are receiving some support from people all over the country who have taken to the streets to protest. In New York City, the FDR Drive in Manhattan was shut down for some time by dozens of demonstrators on Tuesday night.
Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Michael Brown’s parents, said that the family will continue to fight for justice, actively pursuing federal charges along with a civil suit against Wilson.