The parents of slain teenager Michael Brown and 43-year-old Eric Garner delivered emotional pleas for justice for their children at a Thursday morning press conference. They are calling for the law enforcement officials responsible for the deaths of Brown and Garner to be held accountable and for systemic changes that will hopefully prevent future similar tragedies.
The families traveled to Washington, D.C., to request federal reviews into their sons’ killings from both Congress and the Justice Department.
Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, expressed dissatisfaction in the way officials in her state are handling the investigation of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and the circumstances under which he shot her son.
“Missouri has not showed us anything that we’re looking for,” she said.
Michael Brown Sr. said that he wants to make sure that another family doesn’t experience what his has.
But just last week in South Carolina, one family nearly did after a state trooper, Sean Groubert, shot Levar Edward Jones, who was unarmed as he reached into his car to get his license. Grouper was fired after the incident and on Wednesday was arrested and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 20 years in prison. Jones, fortunately, is recovering at home from a shot to his hip.
Months after her son Eric Garner died from a chokehold, Gwen Carr is still waiting for answers and, more important, some action.
“It’s time that we got justice for these heinous crimes committed against our loved ones,” she said. “It’s hard enough to lose a loved one, but to lose a child is almost unbearable.”
Source: BET | Joyce Jones