Parents of Michael Brown say They Are ‘Praying for an Indictment’

The parents of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., speak to The Associated Press during an interview in Washington on Sept. 27, 2014. (Photo: Susan Walsh, AP)
The parents of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., speak to The Associated Press during an interview in Washington on Sept. 27, 2014.
(Photo: Susan Walsh, AP)

The parents of an unarmed black teenager killed in a St. Louis suburb say they want a grand jury to indict the officer who shot him to get justice for their son and to send a message around the world that police must change their tactics.

Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson, 28, shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9. Brown’s death provoked months of sometimes violent protests and galvanized a community to demand better treatment from police.

“We are praying for an indictment. To me that would mean that (police) did do their investigation fairly and it was unbiased,” Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, said.

A grand jury convened Aug. 20 to decide whether to indict Wilson. Court officials expect the grand jury to announce its decision this month.

Witnesses and police gave conflicting accounts of the teen’s death. Police say Brown struggled with Wilson inside his police car, then reached for Wilson’s weapon. Brown’s family and some witnesses say Wilson killed Brown as he raised his hands in surrender.

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Source: USA Today | Yamiche Alcindor

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