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Lezley McSpadden, the mother of the late Michael Brown, announced her run for Ferguson, Missouri’s city council on Friday, four years after her son was killed.
Lezley, known as one of the “Mothers of the Movement,” made the announcement near the street her unarmed 18-year-old son was shot and killed by a white Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9, 2014. Mike death sparked protests in Ferguson. Lezley has been a vocal advocate for police reform since.
According to TIME “After the press conference announcing her candidacy, McSpadden promised that if elected she would be the people’s voice. Since her son’s death, she said she has “learned to walk again, and this is one of my first steps.”
When asked why she’s pursuing public office she responded, “If a mother has to watch her son lay n the street for four hours and watch our community be completely disrespected by the police we elected, what would you do? You would stand up and you would fight too.”
Written By: Fantasia. H