FERGUSON – Five years after the shooting death of his 18-year-old son, Michael Brown Sr. is calling on prosecutors to reopen Michael Brown Jr.’s case.
In a press conference on Friday, Aug. 9, in front of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Brown asked St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell to reopen the case.
In 2014, then-Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch called on a grand jury, who decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who shot and killed the younger Brown.
McCulloch, who served as the prosecuting attorney for nearly 27 years, was widely criticized for the way he handled the case.
In a statement that was visibly difficult for him to read, Brown made his plea “demanding evidence to be re-analyzed and accountability to follow.”
“My son was not the first to die by the hands of those who vow to protect and serve and, sadly, he won’t be the last,” Brown stated.
Brown went on to say that losing his only son and firstborn child was a day he thought he would never see.
“My son was murdered in cold blood with no remorse and no medical treatment. Mike lay in the street for four and a half hours. As he lay there he was dehumanized and disrespected.”
In an interview with MetroSTL.com, Brown Sr. said his request was in no way an attack against Wesley Bell.
“People think that I’m trying to attack this man,” Brown said. “I’m not trying to attack him; he’s a friend of mine.”
But Brown said processes needed to speed up. He said the police force had lied to cover up evidence.
In a statement released earlier in the week, Bell said his office was doing everything in its power to understand the issues surrounding Brown Jr.’s death.
To find out the truth about his son’s death, Brown urged bystanders to watch the 2017 documentary “Stranger Fruit” directed by Jason Pollock. Brown said it told the real story of what happened to his son on that August day five years ago.
The press conference kicked off a weekend of events.
A memorial at the Canfield Green apartments was held near the spot on West Florissant Avenue where Brown’s body lay. The memorial included musical performances, public speakers, and even free food for children.
After the memorial, a community day was held across the street.