Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, is among three candidates running for City Council in Ferguson, Mo., today, where her 18-year-old son was shot and killed by a white police officer in 2014.
“I wanted to go back and do something right in a place that did something so very wrong to my son, and I think that’s what my son would want as well,” McSpadden told the Associated Press.
Brown was an African-American 18-year-old who was fatally shot by white Ferguson officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014, touching off months of protests and violence and propelled the Black Lives Matter movement.
McFadden is among three candidates running in Ferguson’s 3rd Ward – the other two are incumbent Keith Kallstrom and Fran Griffin. If McSpadden wins, she could be overseeing the police department connected to her son’s death.
Two-thirds of Ferguson’s residents are African American.
McSpadden was one of the seven “Mothers of the Movement” – an organization founded by mothers who lost their children in police shootings, police custody or gun violence – who appeared onstage during 2016’s Democratic National Convention.