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A Conversation With Lezley McSpadden, the Mother of Michael Brown

More than two years after her son was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer, she is still seeking justice and change.

December 21, 2016

Michael Brown was killed two years ago in a controversial police shooting. Lezley McSpadden is still grieving. More than two years after her son was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer, she is still seeking justice and change. Michael Brown was an unarmed, 18-year-old African-American youth shot by white officer Darren Wilson, who said he feared for his life after a scuffle with Brown. The shooting set off protests and riots in Ferguson and elsewhere in the country and gave impetus to the Black Lives Matter movement nationally. In a personal and emotional interview with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna, before a group of students at Seattle University, McSpadden speaks out about her life, her son and the controversial shooting that took his life. She has detailed the trauma of his death and concerns about the increasing number of deadly shootings that have taken the lives of young black men in her book, Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy and Love of My Son Michael Brown.


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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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