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Conversations With Enrique Cerna

The Mother of Michael Brown, Lezley McSpadden, on Race, Justice and Losing Her Son

McSpadden speaks out about seeking justice for her son and other young, black men shot and killed in controversial police shootings.

December 21, 2016

On August 9, 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed African American was shot and killed after the scuffle with Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson said he feared for his life and acted in self-defense. Brown’s shooting set off protests and riots in Ferguson and elsewhere throughout the country — especially after Wilson was cleared by a grand jury and a Department of Justice investigation. In her book, Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy and Love of My Son Michael Brown, Lezley McSpadden speaks out about her son, the controversial shooting and her efforts to seek justice for her son and other families of young, black men shot and killed in controversial police shootings.


Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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