Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. spoke with Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. — the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9 — on Wednesday.
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday night, Brown Sr. revealed Holder “says he’s not going to stop until they help us all the way through.”
McSpadden told Cooper that Holder approached her and Brown Sr. as a fellow parent.
“You can read a person and when you’re looking at them and they’re looking at you in your eyes, it puts some trust back there that you lost,” McSpadden said. “And he did ensure that it will be a fair and thorough investigation.”
Amid uproar over the Ferguson police department’s investigation of Brown’s shooting, Holder was dispatched to Missouri by President Obama to oversee a federal investigation.
A grand jury has been appointed to determine whether charges will be filed against Wilson in connection with Brown’s death.
Since Aug. 9, one of the most striking images to emerge from Ferguson was a closely-cropped photograph of McFadden the day her son was killed, tears streaming down her face as she was embraced by her husband and Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head.
McSpadden is one of many who expressed distrust of the local and state investigations into Brown’s death after contradictory statements from Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson. Jackson told media that Brown was a suspect in a robbery case — and released security footage — then later said the robbery was not the reason Wilson pursued Brown.
“Up until yesterday, I didn’t [have confidence in the investigation],” McSpadden told Cooper. “But hearing the words come from his mouth, face to face, he made me feel like one day I will — and I’m not saying today or yesterday but one day — they’ll regain my trust.”
You can watch both parts of Cooper’s interview below: