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Lezley McSpadden announced she is running for city council nearly four years after her son, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a police officer.
Standing in the spot her her son died in Ferguson, Missouri, she announced her candidacy Friday morning while holding back tears, according to NBC News.
“Almost four years ago to this day, I ran down this very street, and my son was covered in a sheet,” McSpadden said. “I learned to walk again, and this is one of my first steps.”
McSpadden doesn't have any previous experience in local government, but to her, the candidacy represents more than that.
“If a mother had to watch her son lay on the street for four hours, and watch our community be completely disrespected by the people we elected, what would you do?” she asked. “You would stand up and you would fight, too.”
“They won’t disrespect us any more once I’m elected.” The day after the 4th anniversary of her son’s death, #MikeBrown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden, officially announces she’s running for #Ferguson City Council. @KMOV pic.twitter.com/jA0EIRemhg
— Eric Cox (@EricCoxKMOV) August 10, 2018
McSpadden said she will mainly focus on community policing, economic equality, and access to health care for the young children in Ferguson.
Moreover, she is demanding that Missouri Gov. Mike Parson reopen the investigation into the death of her son.
— Casey Nolen KSDK (@CaseyNolen) August 10, 2018
Earlier this week, the prosecuting attorney in St. Louis County who handled the investigation of Brown's killing lost in a primary election to a black Ferguson councilman.
McSpadden is running for a city council spot on the 2019 bid.