Yesha Callahan

Michael Brown’s Mother on Darren Wilson: ‘He’s The Devil’


Lesley McSpadden isn’t mincing any words when it comes to Darren Wilson, the former cop who shot and killed her son Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

McSpadden conducted an interview with Al Jazeera News and used the most apropos words to describe the killer cop.

“The devil. That’s what comes to mind,” McSpadden said of Wilson, who fatally shot Brown a year ago.

“All I can say is vengeance is God’s, and I hope he has mercy on his soul.”

McSpadden’s interview is in response to  remarks Wilson made in an interview with The New Yorker that questioned Brown’s upbringing.

“Do I think about who (Michael Brown) was as a person?” Wilson said. “Not really, because it doesn’t matter at this point. Do I think he had the best upbringing? No. Not at all.”

Wilson, who shouldn’t talk about someone’s upbringing since he was raised by a felon, is currently unemployed because no one will hire him. Good.

McSpadden insists her son wasn’t involved in gang activity like Wilson alleges.

“What he’s talking about, he has no idea about my life at all,” she said. “He had no idea what he was taking away when he did that to my son.”

McSpadden said the violence that broke out was years in the making. “The looting, everything they thought was just out of the ordinary,” McSpadden said. “It was a cry for help. It was like we had a tsunami or a Hurricane Katrina, but it was killings after killings.”

“This killing, in the broad daylight, middle of the day, with people out walking their dogs and jogging and playing, and this erupts, and we don’t have any understanding to why it happened. No facts. Yeah, that was bound to happen.”

  1. August 5, 2015 - Reply

    What Wilson said proves what most cops think when they kill someone. They don’t care anything about you and just assume that you are a criminal and have no problem or remorse for taking a life.

    • August 5, 2015 - Reply

      @Mr. S

      I thought the same thing. He didn’t see Mike as a human; therefore, he couldn’t feel anything for the life he took. I’ll bet 10-1 that he wouldn’t shoot a dog as readily as he did Mike.

      • August 5, 2015 - Reply


        Cops are being given too much power and its time to do a major overhaul on how the police conduct themselves

  2. August 5, 2015 - Reply

    I have to recommend reading that New Yorker Article to everyone. Wilson’s story is VERY interesting. It’s very in depth, with input from different people who were a part of his personal and professional life.
    My biggest takeaway from it was that he had GREAT opportunity to learn from a pretty cool officer in the Jennings Department, and change his perspective, but he didn’t. Wilson seems to believe like a lot of people do that color isn’t significant, but at least subconsciously (and probably consciously) acknowledges the stereotypes at the same time. The type of person who will tell you they’re not a racist, and mean it, but not realize their own racist conduct. Michael Brown? Not sure what all happened in that specific case, but Wilson’s mindset is dangerous. And it’s sad, because so many people feel the same way. It contributes to opening wounds like this and letting them fester. Like the #AllLivesMatter trope. It denies the problem, blames the victim, and is clueless over the storm of anger and resentment it causes.

    • August 6, 2015 - Reply


      Speaking of the #alllivesmatter trope and denying the problem, there is a very good piece on huffington post today about that. It talks about how a young White man was recently shot in the back by a white cop, and if the #alllivesmatter crowd were true in their convictions they would be raising hell about this latest cop murder. But the writer drives the point home that #alllivesmatter only surfaces in direct, arrogant opposition to the successful #blacklivesmatter movement. He says that they won’t comment on white citizens unfairly murdered by white cops, because they basically don’t care–it’s all about denying humanity to Black people and they are too chicken-ish to admit that (that’s my emphasis-lol). . It was written by a White man, too. It’s good for me personally to read these things, because it does help to know there are SOME White people who get it.

      • August 6, 2015 - Reply


        YES! I saw that! Well, not on Huff post, but I think I saw it on another website. That analysis is spot on. Now, admittedly, there are some whites that didn’t get it, but when it was properly explained to them, they got it. There’s a guy on Reddit who gave a great example. He said it’s like sitting down at a table with your family and not being served a portion. I forget exactly how he put it, but here’s a paraphrase: If you ask why you didn’t get a portion, and say, “I’m hungry,” how would you feel if your father said, “Well, all stomachs matter.” YOU DIDNT GET A PLATE! *L* So, in essense, he’s denying your problem with nonsense talk. When you say your stomach matters, you’re implying that EVERYONE’s stomach should matter, not just yours. But you’re bringing attention to your plight. Just like when we say black lives matter, we KNOW all lives matter. That’s why we’re saying black lives matter, because black lives are currently being neglected. When the guy posted that, a lot of people on the website dropped the all lives matter nonsense and suddenly understood.

        • August 6, 2015 - Reply


          That is a clever analogy. Isn’t it sad how so many people have no empathy about something as basic as human rights, they need analogies to understand WHY Black people are saying our lives are worth fighting for. And it’s even more infuriating that they refuse to say what they really mean, #wedontgiveaishaboutblacklivesstopcomplaining. If they go ahead and admit that in public, we can all acknowledge it and then have serious convos about changing laws and policies regarding police brutality. But they are slick and know not to do that. The Internet is a great resource, but it’s also given these people a way to latch onto deflection tactics that derail convos.

          • August 6, 2015 - Reply


            Oh yes, it’s very sad. And your hashtag is correct, and right on the money. But the problem is, like you said, is that we can’t acknowledge things and have serious conversations about things. That how you move forward. But so many people are saying “move forward” without the acknowledging and confronting. And that’s basically the problem you have with race relations in this country. You have whites that say, “Oh, that was in the past, and I didn’t take part in it.” But what they refuse to acknowledge is that the past has REAL ramifications on the present, whether you directly took part in it or not, and those ramifications have to be identified (by addressing and confronting them) and real solutions to the impact on the present have to be formulated. But like you said, people use the deflection tactics they learn on the internet (or talk radio, or what have you) to derail necessary conversations.

    • August 6, 2015 - Reply


      Great Points.

  3. August 5, 2015 - Reply

    I send condolences to Lesley McSpadden and the rest of Michael Brown’s family and friends. Darren Wilson can live his life and he’s breathing. Yet, Michael Brown is gone physically forever. Wilson’s interview was filled with the mentality of many officers. Darren Wilson isn’t alone in his archaic views. For him to even say that the DOJ report, which totally documents racism and police brutality in Ferguson, is skewed and he hasn’t read it, shows his detachment from reality. There are serious problems in police departments nationwide. Police brutality and corruption is an institutional problem as well. We all know about the existence of the Blue Wall of Silence. Tons of studies, reports, and witnesses have exposed police corruption. Wilson totally ignores the reason why the citizens of Ferguson and citizens all over the country are tired of the status quo and human beings want a real change where communities are treated justly.

  4. August 6, 2015 - Reply

    Ms. McSpadden is another person not trying to forgive the murderer of her child. And it’s interesting that a media outlet like Al-Jazeera would have this interview with her. Imagine the faux outrage if a more mainstream publication like Time, Newsweek, etc. had a cover story with her with a ‘he’s the devil’ headline.

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