Michael Brown's mother con­sid­er­ing po­lit­i­cal run

South Florida Times - - NATION -

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The mother of a black 18year-old whose shoot­ing death by a white po­lice of­fi­cer touched off protests in Missouri is con­sid­er­ing run­ning for Fer­gu­son City Coun­cil.

Le­z­ley McS­pad­den, the mother of Michael Brown, said Mon­day night dur­ing a panel dis­cus­sion at Har­vard Univer­sity that sev­eral peo­ple en­cour­aged her to en­ter the elec­tion.

Brown was shot in Fer­gu­son in Au­gust 2014, prompt­ing protests and a na­tional dis­cus­sion on race re­la­tions and po­lice.The of­fi­cer wasn't charged.

The St.Louis Post-Dispatch re­ports McS­pad­den said her son's death mo­ti­vated her to try and change how law en­force­ment treats black Amer­i­cans.

Ben­jamin Crump, an at­tor­ney for the fam­ily who was also on the panel, noted that if McS­pad­den won, she would be su­per­vis­ing the po­lice depart­ment in­volved in her son's death.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF BLACK AMER­ICA WEB

Le­z­ley McS­pad­den

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