Trinetta, centre left, 19, and Triniya Brown emotional during a memorial service for their brother, Michael Brown, on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in the Canfield Green apartment complex in Ferguson, Mo., where Brown was shot and killed by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson four years ago. (Cristina M. Fletes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, said Friday that they would try to look at the Ferguson, Mo., The city council, according to multiple reports..
McSpadden made the announcement, four years after her son was shot and killed by a white policeman in 2014. The death, along with others, in which young black people have been killed in encounters with white officers, led to massive protests nationwide, and helped catalyst to the Black Lives movement.
According to a report from The Hill, McSpadden said that they will focus on policing in the community, and the economic equality and health care, during her campaign.
She said she expects to field questions about what qualifies her for public office, The Hill said, citing her responding, “If a mother had to watch her son lay on the street for four hours, and watch our community be completely ignored by the people that we have chosen, what would you do?”
On Friday, despite the pressure of McSpadden, the Missouri governor’s office said that it does not have the power to appoint a special prosecutor to reinvestigate the 2014 shooting of Brown, 18.
McSpadden said earlier in the day that they started an online petition seeking a new investigation.
McSpadden has been an activist since Brown was shot, but has never had a public office. “I’ve learned to walk again,” The Associated Press quoted her as saying. “And this is one of my first steps: running for Ferguson city council.”
Her son was unarmed when he was fatally shot during a confrontation with Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, who is white, Aug. 9, 2014. The witnesses in the first instance, said the black teenager had his hands in surrender at the time of the shooting, but an investigation by the Ministry of Justice, not find these accounts credible.
Wilson, who resigned from the force, was later approved by a grand jusry and Justice.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.