After autopsy release, Michael Brown’s mother weeps: ‘Justice’ can end the chaos


Michael Brown Sr. and LesleyMcSpadden, the parents of slain teenager Michael Brown, attend a rally at Greater Grace Church on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The mother of slain teen Michael Brown wept into her hands as the details of her son’s autopsy were recounted on national television Monday morning.

Lesley McSpadden declined to discus the results on ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” leaving her lawyer Benjamin Crump to address the findings that her son had been shot at least six times, including two times in the head.

With the erupting violence overnight in the wake of her son’s death, she was asked: How can peace be restored?

“With justice,” McSpadden replied.”Being fair; arresting this man and making him accountable for his actions,” she added later.

“It confirms our worst fears that the witnesses were telling the truth,” Crump said. “The most troubling was the head shot. It’s just not justified in any way fashion or form to execute this child.”

There were her first public comments since the results of the private autopsy, which was conducted on behalf of the family in addition to the autopsy conducted by St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s office and one that will be conducted by federal officials.

She also responded publicly for the first time to the release of surveillance video of Brown’s alleged involvement in a convenience store robbery just minutes before he was shot on a nearby street.

In a statement from the family and their lawyers on Friday, they called it a “character assassination” of Brown.

McSpadden said that she was not aware that police were going to release the video.

“I feel like it has nothing to do with what he did to my child,” McSpadden said.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for the National Guard to intervene in his city on Monday morning after protests grew violent yet again on Sunday night, despite a curfew the governor imposed on Saturday. (Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post)
Abby Phillip is a general assignment national reporter for the Washington Post. She can be reached at abby.phillip@washpost.com. On Twitter: @abbydphillip
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