The mother of Michael Brown has announced she’s entering the political fray in the St. Louis suburb where her unarmed teenage son was shot dead by police in 2014. In an event organized down the street from where 18-year-old Brown was shot dead by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, Lezley McSpadden told a crowd Friday she’s running to become a member of the Ferguson, Mo. City Council. “Almost four years ago to this day, I ran down this very street, and my son was covered in a sheet,” McSpadden said, per NBC News.
“I learned to walk again, and this is one of my first steps.” As KSDK notes, McSpadden’s announcement comes at a conspicuous time in the history of a case that helped spark widespread demonstrations against the deaths of black Americans at the hands of police.