Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Ferguson’s Michael Brown, recently announced her support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Her son Michael Brown was fatally shot August of 2014 by a police officer. Since his death, McSpadden has been an advocate against gun violence and police brutality.
In a letter obtained by The Huffington Post addressed to the Clinton campaign, McSpadden expressed that she believed Clinton had “realistic proposals” that would confront America’s most pressing issues and believed that Clinton was the best candidate suited to work across party lines to get important legislation passed such as education, gun violence and criminal justice reform.
“Since August 9, 2014, I have wondered where do we go from here? I have made it this far by my faith, but we need more than faith. Our criminal justice system is broken and damaged, and it left broken hearts and damage in our communities. Fixing this will require time and commitment of someone who wants to make things better for us all. I want a leader who is willing to take the steps to reform a justice system that dehumanized my son. I want a leader who will now honor my son’s life and fights for our children’s futures. I want a justice system that is fundamentally based on fairness for everyone.”
McSpadden is a member of “Mothers of the Movement,” a collective of women who support Clinton’s campaign for president, which also includes the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and Sandra Bland.
“I am one of those parents whose worst nightmare came true. Parents are not supposed to bury their children, especially by murder. But the reality is, that far too many black parents have; not just by senseless gunfire, but by lawful gunfire. Enough is enough… If we want to continue to build on the progress made by our country, we need a president who is ready to lead – and I trust Hillary Clinton.”
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