Michael Brown’s parents sat down with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie for their first official interview since a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting death of their son.
Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, described Wilson’s initial public comments about her son as adding “insult after injury.” She called Wilson’s account of what transpired on Aug. 9, particularly the part where he accused Brown of making a grab for his firearm “disrespectful.” McSpadden also accused Wilson’s version of events, in which he claimed that Brown charged at him, of sounding “crazy.”
"For one, my son, he respected law enforcement,'' Michael Brown’s father said. “Two, who in their right mind would rush or charge at a police officer that has his gun drawn? It sounds crazy."
The family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, also weighed in.
"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,'' he told Guthrie. "It's just not right, and we have to fix this system."
Brown’s family is now pledging to pursue a case in federal and civil court.
"We plan on exhausting every legal avenue possible to give them some sense of justice,'' Crump said.
You can watch a clip of the interview between Guthrie and Brown’s family below.
Source: Today.com / Photo Credit: Screenshot, NewYorker.com