The parents of Michael Brown, the Missouri teen who was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson in August, are speaking out, days after a grand jury decided not to pursue charges against Wilson. They believe Wilson "woke up with a chip on his shoulder" and killed Brown in cold blood.
Speaking on CBS This Morning Wednesday, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden told co-hosts Charlie Rose and Gayle King that they dispute Wilson's account of the incident. Wilson said in an interview with ABC News that Brown threw the first punch and later charged at him, forcing him to shoot.
"I don't believe a word of it," McSpadden said. "I know my son far too well. He would never do anything like that. He would never provoke anyone to do anything to him and he wouldn't do anything to anybody."
Regarding surveillance footage that purportedly shows Brown shoving the owner of a convenience store as he's walking out with stolen cigarillos minutes before he was shot by Wilson, McSpadden said: "My son doesn't have a history of violence. One image does not paint a person's entire life or their entire past or how they were. ... If something happened in that store, and that's a big 'if,' that could have been dealt with, but [Wilson] didn't have to do what [he] did. He didn't do what he had to do. He did what he wanted to do."
McSpadden also said that, while she doesn't condone the violent protests that have taken place in Ferguson since the grand jury's decision was revealed, she's not surprised by them. "On August 9, voices were heard about if there weren't an indictment, how they would react, how they would lash out, what we would do," she told Rose and King. "We continue to ask for calm and we continue to get out there and protest with them in a peaceful manner. ... We can't be held accountable for anyone's other actions. ... That's not what we asked for."
Though Wilson maintains that it was fear alone that motivated him to shoot Brown, the teen's parents are skeptical. "I don't think he wanted to kill my son, but he wanted to kill someone," McSpadden said Wednesday. "How can your conscience be clear after killing somebody, even if it was an accidental death?"
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