On Tuesday, November 25th, the parent’s of the deceased Michael Brown decided to sit down with Savannah Guthrie, the host of NBC’s TODAY show. It was their first official interview since a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting death of their son.
“Why did you choose to wake up with a chip on your shoulder and do what you did to our son?” Brown Sr. said, when asked Wednesday in a “CBS This Morning” interview what question he would ask Wilson if he could.
Mike Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, commented that officer Wilson’s comments about the tragic incident as adding “insult after injury.”
The slain teen’s mom, Lesley McSpadden, scoffed at the Ferguson cop’s claim that he was just doing his job when he gunned down her son on Aug. 9.
“I don’t think it’s haunting, it’s always something that happened,” he answered when asked if Brown’s death keeps him up at night. “The reason I have a clean conscience is because I did my job right.”
McSpadden bitterly disagreed.
“How can your conscience be clear after killing someone, even if it was an accidental death?” she asked.
“At the end of his statement, he says he would do it again,” chimed in an incredulous Brown Sr.
“I don’t think he wanted to kill my son, but he wanted to kill someone,” she said.
Brown’s dad also took issue with Wilson’s claim that the unarmed teen was mouthy and defiant when the cop stopped him.
She also stated that Wilson’s account of what happened and the accusation that Brown tried to grab his sidearm was “disrespectful.”
McSpadden also disbelieves Wilson’s version of events, particularly the part in which Wilson claimed that Brown charged at him, referring to it as “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.”
“This is a painful time for these families,” Sharpton said. “This will be the first Thanksgiving with an empty seat at the table. I hope that when America pulls up a chair for their Thanksgiving, they’ll say a prayer for these families.”
Benjamin Crump, the family attorney, gave his input on the incident as well.
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.