SIGN THE PETITION TO RE-OPEN THE CASE
Mike Brown's mother, Lezley McSpadden, has started a petition in the wake of 'Stranger Fruit' being released. She is calling for the case to be re-opened based on all the new evidence released in the film.
Here's her full statement:
My name is Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9, 2014. The physical evidence that occurred on Canfield Drive that day was not properly investigated and Michael did not get the justice he deserved.
Over the course of three months, my family and I waited as the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office presented my son’s case to a grand jury before the police investigation was even over. So with less than half the evidence, the St. Louis County Prosecutor still chose to move full speed ahead and present selectively captured evidence to determine the fate of my 18-year-old son.
Since then, a provocative and revealing documentary titled ‘Stranger Fruit’ made its national television debut on Startz Network. “Stranger Fruit” unveils the untold factual account about what really happened to my son and the lack of investigation performed by Bob McCulloch and St. Louis County Police Department. My legal team is now asking for a special prosecutor to review the case again because of the recent media attention the documentary “Stranger Fruit” has received as it reveals both questionable judgment and failure to comply regarding local investigation policy and procedure.
In addition to allegations of mishandling the investigation, a lawsuit was also filed by one of the grand jurors detailing challenges, and exposing their experiences on the grand jury. The case has been reopened and is set to be heard soon here in Missouri.
To add to the disturbing list of disclosures, Bob McCulloch made an astonishing public admission on interview circuits after the grand jury failed to indict. He actually admitted that he knowingly allowed witnesses that he knew were NOT telling the truth to testify before the grand jury! In this case, you don’t have to just take my word for it. These egregious revelations have now come to surface and the people of St. Louis County deserve to see equitable systemic practices as much as I need to see justice for my son!
Please consider signing this petition to re-open the local investigation of my son’s case. If you were a parent of a child who went through what Michael went through, you would never stop fighting for his justice. And you would do everything within your reach to ensure that our citizens experience fair legal practices, compliance and consistent adherence to policy.
Will you help me continue to fight for justice for my son? Together we can ensure our government reflects the accountability, integrity and interests of the people they are in place to serve.
Here's the petition we'll deliver to Missouri Governor Mike Parson:
Here is the Petition:
Missouri Governor Mike Parson: appoint a special prosecutor to re-open the investigation into the fatal shooting of my son, Michael Brown. The integrity of our County and the safety of our community depends on it.