The parents of Michael Brown have said they don’t believe the account of their son’s death given by the police officer that shot him.
Darren Wilson gave an exclusive interview to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in which he said Brown was aggressive toward him, had punched him and was charging at him when he fatally shot the teenager. On CBS’ This Morning, Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, rejected that.
“I don’t believe a word of it,” McSpadden said. “I know my son far too well to … he would never do anything like that. He would never provoke anyone to do anything to him and he wouldn’t do anything to anybody.”
Wilson said he acted as he was trained and was fearful for his survival when he shot Brown.
McSpadden said she doesn’t believe that, either.
“He didn’t do what he had to do, he did what he wanted to do,” she said. “I don’t think he wanted to kill my son but he wanted to kill someone.”
Brown’s parents said they have pleaded for peace and can’t be held accountable for the violence that has followed their son’s death and the decision not to indict Wilson. They blame Governor Jay Nixon for that violence.
“I think that Nixon put it out there and infuriated those people,” she said. “On August 9 [the day Brown was shot] voice were heard about, if there weren’t an indictment, how they would react, how they would lash out, what they would do.”
They remain critical that a special prosecutor did not replace St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch on the case.