As the world waits to see if Darren Wilson will be indicted by a grand jury for the killing of Michael Brown, the unarmed teen’s mother is urging protestors to remain peaceful.
Speaking to a gathering along Canfield Drive, just feet from where her son was killed, Lesley McSpadden encouraged peace as she told the crowd to keep the faith, the Huffington Post reports.
“I just want y’all to be careful. Don’t agitate them, don’t let them agitate y’all. I don’t want nobody getting hurt,” McSpadden said Saturday night. “We all willing to do something, but I don’t want nobody getting hurt, see what I’m saying? Because when it’s time to walk into the courtroom, I want all y’all with me.”
McSpadden’s pleas echo those of Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., who has urged peace despite protestors feeling that Wilson will not be indicted. In addition to Brown’s parents, Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama have made similar requests.
After McSpadden’s emotional message, HuffPost noted that the crowd joined hands in a circle around the memorial for a prayer. A small number of protesters marched down West Florissant Avenue for the second time that evening, passing boarded-up storefronts after the crowd’s prayer.
“Rain, sleet, hail, snow, hell no, we won’t go,” they chanted.
The Post further noted the presence of about a dozen police cars, which came driving along West Florissant. A number of the vehicles pulled into a parking lot behind a building, according to the publication, adding that demonstrators headed towards the vehicles to protest along a fence after seeing where they were sitting.
The demonstrators ultimately continued marching along the street after police left the area.
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