ST. LOUIS (AP) – Michael Brown’s mother says it has been a “sleepless, very hard, heartbreaking and unbelievable” time for her since the announcement that a grand jury didn’t indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson for killing her son.
When asked about Officer Darreb Wilson’s testimony to the grand jury McSpadden said, “I don’t believe a word of it.” In an interview on CBS This Morning. She continues, “I know my son far too well. He would never do anything like that. He would never provoke anyone to do anything like that to him and he wouldn’t do anything to anybody. ”
Michael Brown’s parents have been calling for peace since riots broke out after their son’s death. When asked why protests have gotten so violent she says, “I think that Nixon put it out there and infuriated those people. ” She continues, “Any one’s actions while we weren’t there; we can’t be accountable. We can’t be held accountable for anyone else’s actions.”
Lesley McSpadden said during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday that she also felt that Wilson’s description of her son as looking demonic during their Aug. 9 confrontation was disrespectful and “added insult to injury.”
McSpadden said she hadn’t seen video of her husband, Brown’s stepfather Louis Head, yelling “Burn this bitch down” to angry protesters after the grand jury decision was announced Monday night.
She says the crowd “was already stirred” up by that point and that she holds the authorities, not her husband, for the violent night of protests.