Like Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton and Jordin Davis’ mother Lucia McBath, Michael Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden has had to endure what no mother should — their Black son’s life abruptly taken simply because a White man felt threatened over a hoodie, music or in Michael Brown’s case…his “Hulk Hogan”-like strength — a feat, Michael’s killer Darren Wilson, claimed Brown exhibited during their fatal altercation, in recently released documents from his grand jury testimony.
Following the grand jury’s decision to not indict Wilson, McSpadden and Brown’s father Michael Brown Sr., gave their first post-decision interview on NBC’s “TODAY” show this morning where they discussed Wilson’s riling testimony and the protests in Ferguson that have left some areas smoldering.
Wilson claimed Brown threw the first punch in the altercation that ultimately led to his death.
“I know my son far too well. He would never do anything like that,” McSpadden said. “He would never provoke anyone to do anything to him and he wouldn’t anything to anybody. I don’t believe a word of it.”
Also in Darren Wilson’s testimony, he claimed Michael Brown looked like “a demon” which McSpadden called “insult after injury” and “so disrespectful.” In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday, Wilson also said he doesn’t feel haunted by Michael’s death and that he did what he had to do to save himself.
“If something happened in that store, and that’s a big “if,” that could have been dealt with but you didn’t have to do what you did. He didn’t do what he had to do, he did what he wanted to do,” McSpadden said.
Michael’s mother then questioned how Wilson could feel no remorse toward their son. “His conscience is clear? How could your conscience be clear after killing somebody even if it was an accidental death?” she asked. On the verge of tears, she added “We couldn’t even have our sons organs donated, you understand that? […] They wrong, they know they wrong.”
When asked if she regretted being with the protestors after the decision, she said “No.”
“We continue to ask for calm and we continue to get out there and protest in a peaceful manner,” McSpadden said. “Anything that happened we when weren’t there, we can’t be held accountable, we can’t be held for anybody’s actions if they were not our actions.”
Like the families of the fallen Black boys who’ve shed blood before Brown, McSpadden and Brown Sr. are seeking change.
“Change, that’s all we’re asking for,” Brown Sr. said. “There are other families that went through the same situation and we all just want change all over.”
Watch the emotional clip, above.