Police are seeking to bring felony charges against the mother of the late Michael Brown over an incident that occurred in a parking lot. According to the New York Daily News, Leslie McSpadden is being accused of telling others to steal money from a group that was selling “Justice for Mike Brown” merchandise.
The charges are quite serious and can lead to a conviction for felony armed robbery. Another person who was part of the group that was attacked is McSpadden’s former mother-in-law, Pearlie Gordon. Gordon says that the group knocked her down and that $2,000 in cash was stolen as a result.
So yes, you read it right. One of the people Michael Brown’s mother is accused of attacking is her ex-husband’s mother.
“You can’t sell this s–t,” Gordon says that McSpadden told her.
One person was sent to the hospital after the attack, and another person was allegedly beaten with a pipe. According to the police reports, unearthed by The Smoking Gun, Pearlie was among the many people who were attacked by a group with as many as 20 – 30 individuals, who “jumped out of vehicles and rushed” at the group to take the money.
Gordon says that as she was being hit in the head, Brown’s mother continuously said to her “you can’t sell this sh*t” as the beating took place. So, from reports, it doesn’t sound like Brown’s mother was involved in the actual attack in a physical sense, but was present as the melee was taking place.
Gordon says she then stated that “unless McSpadden could produce documentation stating that she had a patent on her son’s name (Gordon) was going to continue to sell her merchandise,” according to the report.
This seems to only make a complex situation more complicated. As of now, a grand jury is deciding whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. Protests have continued for weeks by many groups, including the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, led by Cornel West and Carl Dix. Organizations protesting in Ferguson are saying that the Michael Brown shooting was a spark created by decades of police brutality and disrespect, coupled with mass incarceration. The protests have led to other marches fighting against police brutality incidents around the nation.