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Report: Mike Brown’s Mother Facing Potential Robbery Charges in #Ferguson

Report: Mike Brown’s Mother Facing Potential Robbery Charges in #Ferguson

Mike Brown’s grandmother is reported to have launched the street-side assault/robbery

The Smoking Gun web site has obtained a copy of a police report in which Pearlie Gordon (the mother-in-law of Mike Brown’s father), claims that on October 18 she was attacked, beaten, and robbed by Lesley McSpadden (Mike Brown’s biological mother), Desureia Harris (Mike Brown’s biological grandmother), and an assortment of 20-30 others, some of whom are apparently related in some fashion or another to the deceased Mike Brown.

On the basis of this report, embedded below, McSpadden potentially faces felony armed robbery charges.

Mike Brown, of course, is the 290-pound man who died this past August in what the evidence overwhelmingly suggests was an ill-conceived and poorly executed effort to attack and kill Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Despite injuries suffered early in the fight, Wilson was able to effectively deploy his sidearm and persuade Brown to cease his aggression.

The shooting led to days of rioting. [See Featured Image.]

A successful self-defense defense to the shooting would become the claimed justification for days of rioting, looting and arson, followed by weeks of angry and violent protests. Many small businesses in #Ferguson remain boarded up shells, with little prospect for returning any time soon.

The police report succinctly captures the apparent genesis of the October 18 attack on yet another small business in #Ferguson, the street-side kiosk of Ms. Gordon.

Gordon stated she was selling Justice for Mike Brown” merchandise with [two helpers] on the above parking lot when a large grup of about 20-30 subjects “jumped out of vehicles and rushed them.”  Gordon said Lesley (or Lezley) McSpadden approached her tent and said “you cant [sic] sell this shit [sic].”  Gordan [sic] told McSpadden she was Michael Brown Sr.’s mother in law [sic] and unless McSpadden could produce documentation stating she had a patent on her son’s name she (Gordon) was going to continue to sell her merchandise.

And so the battle lines were drawn, albeit with Gordon at an imprudent 10:1 handicap.

First to strike was purportedly Michael Brown’s biological grandmother, Desureia [sic] Harris, who told Gordon “you don’t know my grandson like that. I’m gonna tear this shit [sic] down,” which Harris allegedly proceeded to do without further delay.

Gordon states that she was then set upon by the horde, receiving repeated blows about the head and shoulders.  Gordon specifically reported being struck by McSpadden, as well as other named suspects.

By the time the dust had settled and police and EMS were rolling up, Gordon was reporting that more than $1,500 in merchandise and $400 in cash had been stolen by unknown members of the attacking mob.  At least one of Gordon’s helpers was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained in the attack.

Gordon and her remaining ambulatory helper came to the Ferguson Police Department to complete witness statements, and they identified by name the mother-daughter tag team of McSpadden and Harris, as well as McSpadden’s boyfriend and several Ewings.

The police report, embedded below, is now in the hands of Ferguson PD detectives for further investigation.

–-Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog (autographed copies available) and (paperback and Kindle). He also holds Law of Self Defense Seminars around the country, and provides free online self-defense law video lectures at the Law of Self Defense Institute and podcasts through iTunes, Stitcher, and elsewhere.


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Robbery runs in the family?

To paraphrase Yogurt in Spaceballs:
“Merchandising! It’s where the real money from race baiting is made!”

This seems so unlike this family. I smell a rat.

I’m predicting that someone interested in perpetuating the Michael Brown racial grievance narrative (Sharpton, Crump, et al) will persuade/convince/threaten/bribe the attacked grandmother to drop the charges.

    I know keeping track of the relationships in this mess is ridiculously difficult, but the person attacked was actually the mother-in-law of Mike Brown’s biological father.

    The grandmother was who allegedly launched the attack.

    –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

      In other words, Brown’s MATERNAL grandmother attacked Brown’s PATERNAL grandmother.

      It seems that the genes are on the MATERNAL side of the family. Yes I really hope that McSpadden lands in jail over the attack on an elderly woman.

        JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Aussie. | November 7, 2014 at 12:33 am

        No. The woman who was attacked is MB’s father’s MIL. In other words, MB’s step-grandmother. Put another way, she is the mother of MB’s dad’s wife who is not the mother of MB. The woman who attacked first was MB’s grandmother (maternal, meaning Lesley McSpadden’s mother), along with MB’s mother (Lesley McSpadden).

        Neither the GM nor the step-GM are what one could reasonably call “elderly”. They’re both in their mid-50s; McSpadden is about 33 or 34.

      When a white youth does something wrong, the media always asks what the parents did to cause the problem.

      Being raised by this group of maniacs made Michael Brown what he is. If he had not been shot, he would have gone home that night and bragged to his relatives “I robbed a store and beat up a little Asian guy.” And they would either praise him for what he did or yell at him for not raiding the cash register too.

      Oh, let’s be honest. If it was another black who was shot, MB would have led the rioters and looters in Ferguson.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

See, this is just street-level intellectual property defense, just like you’d see from Sony, Apple, or Toshiba…except without the $600 per hour patent litigators.

Well, and that whole “law” thingie…


I’m just surprised they didn’t set her on fire and then eat her.

(a la the incident in the Congo recently.)

9thDistrictNeighbor | November 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm

“Despite injuries suffered early in the fight, Wilson was able to effectively deploy his sidearm and persuade Brown to cease his aggression.”

Priceless description. You should write a book….

I also enjoyed the following, “…she was then set upon by the horde, receiving repeated blows about the head and shoulders.” Somehow I doubt she described it that way.

This turn of phrase as well, “…and her remaining ambulatory helper…”.

I am so sick of this story…but your writing drew me back in and, I am better-informed for it. Thanks, Andrew.

I hope this doesn’t impact her (Lesley’s) trip to Geneva to speak to the UN. *<=satire*

Sounds like it is a couple of generations too late for a “stay classy” admonition.

See, if they had hired Ben Crump, he would have had them trademark the image of the “Gentle Thug Giant” so they wouldn’t have to fight over every tee shirt.

Trayvon Martin’s hoodie image is trademarked, per his advice.

All about the money, honey.

In the meantime, society is well served when criminals get eliminated from the gene pool in the commission of crimes.

Business owners in black neighborhoods, not so much, of course.