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    Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, prepares to speak to a crowd of supporters, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Jefferson City, Mo

    Ferguson Police Seek Criminal Charges for Michael Brown's Mother - Report

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    The Browns can’t seem to catch a break: after their nightmare in the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, the Ferguson Police Department has formally requested the filing of criminal charges against Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother, and other Brown family members, in connection to an incident involving violence and theft.

    According to a police report, McSpadden, Brown’s grandmother Desureia Harris, and at least a half dozen other people got into a dispute with vendors outside of a local barbecue restaurant in October. The vendors were selling “Justice for Michael Brown” t-shirts and other memorabilia without the family’s consent, The Desk reported. 

    Following an investigation into the incident, the Department sent their findings to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Office. An anonymous source part of the investigation told the Desk that Ferguson PD requested to bring criminal charges against McSpadden and others.

    The report states McSpadden punched a woman during the incident, and that the altercation resulted in almost $2,000 of stolen merchandise and cash. 

    Supporters of the Brown family have come to McSpadden’s aid on social media.

    There was an eyewitness who took footage of the event. 

    A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office confirmed to the Desk that the office has received the case file regarding the dispute, but declined to comment as to whether the office will formally charge McSpadden.

    “Police present cases to us on possible criminal violations, felony or misdemeanors,” Edward McGee told the Desk. “Our office decides if charges are filed.”

    Michael Brown was shot by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in August. Brown’s death and a grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson started an international movement to bring awareness to law enforcement treatment of the African-American community in the United States.

    On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice declined to bring charges against Wilson on the grounds of racial bias. 

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