Michael Brown's mother announces run for Ferguson City Council
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Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, announced Friday that she is running for a seat on the Ferguson, Mo., City Council.

McSpadden made the announcement four years after her son was shot and killed by a white police officer in 2014, an incident that triggered mass protests across the country and served as a major catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement.

"Almost four years ago to this day, I ran down this very street, and my son was covered in a sheet," McSpadden said in announcing her campaign near where her son died, NBC News reported. "I learned to walk again, and this is one of my first steps."

McSpadden said she will focus on policing within the community, economic equality and health care during her campaign.


She said she expects to receive questions about why she feels she is qualified for a seat on the city council. 

McSpadden said in response: "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?”

"You would stand up and you would fight, too,” she said.

Benjamin Crump, her family's attorney who encouraged her to enter the race, joined her during the announcement. The prominent attorney said he sees McSpadden’s bid for the seat as a way to "transform the pain to power."

The announcement comes days after St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who gained national attention four years ago for his handling of the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Brown, was defeated during Tuesday's Democratic primary.