May 9, 2016
“I want everyone to know how my son lived, because they know how he died,” says Lezley McSpadden, who has written the book Tell The Truth & Shame the Devil; The Life, Legacy and Love of My Son Michael Brown to tell her son’s story.
Lezley’s 18-year-old son, Michael Brown, was shot six times and killed by a police officer on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, MO. According to reports, Officer Darren Wilson said Brown grabbed him and hit him during a struggle at Wilson’s police car. Brown was unarmed, and his death sparked riots in the streets of Ferguson and protests around the country with demands that the U.S. Department of Justice step in.
Now, Lezley is breaking her two-year silence and speaking out about who her son really was.
“You say, ‘Mike wasn’t a criminal who deserved to be shot like a dangerous animal. He was a good boy who cared about the right things, and family and friends were at the top of his list. He didn’t have a police record. He never got in trouble,” Dr. Phil says to Lezley. “So this was a surprise to you that he had this confrontation with police on this day? This was out of character for him?”
“Yes, very,” she says.
On November 24, 2014, a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death. That decision sparked days of riots in the streets of Ferguson and across the entire country.