August 9th marks the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown Jr.’s death. His father, Michael Brown Sr., sat down for an interview with CBS This Morning.
Brown revisited his memory of his son’s death. “The phone call his grandmother gave me. She called me and said that the police just shot Mikey. He’s laying in the middle of the street,” he said. “I turned to my wife and said the police just killed my son and from there it was all just moving real slow.
”Mike Brown was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri— his death led to months of protests, and drew attention to police practices nationwide.
During the interview, Brown Sr. called for his son’s death case to be reopened by St. Louis County’s first black prosecutor. “I would like for Wesley Bell to reopen the case,” he said. Brown also expressed that he does not feel local law enforcement has changed for the better.
In 2015, one year after the shooting, the Department of Justice, decided that Brown’s death did not involve prosecutable conduct on the part of Officer Wilson.
Brown Sr. started a foundation that includes a support group for fathers and children named Chosen for Change.
When asked how he moved on from his son’s death, Brown said, “I had to turn my pain into a purpose.”