Michael Brown's grandfather asked for a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday, saying it was time for "my president to step forward" and take concrete action after the Missouri teenager was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Missouri.
In an interview on MSNBC's "Politics Nation," Les McSpadden said "it's a thousand percent wrong" that the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9 wasn't in custody. Alluding to a private autopsy that reportedly found that Brown was shot six times, his grandfather said: "If I was to go out there and brutally murder someone and shoot them six times, ask yourself, would I be incarcerated? The answer is yes."
"America is built on people coming together at times like this, and now is the time for my president to step forward," he said. "I want to say this to my president: I voted for you, so you ought to able to meet with me."
— M. Alex Johnson
First published August 18 2014, 3:32 PM