Crime reporting site, The Smoking Gun (TSG), posted today a police report detailing a fight last month between members of Michael Brown’s family over the sale of commemorative t-shirts and identifies the late teenager’s mother as one of the “attackers” who beat and robbed vendors selling merchandise from a tent in a Ferguson, Missouri parking lot.
A copy of the Ferguson Police Department report was provided yesterday by city attorney Stephanie Karr.
When TSG requested the document two weeks ago, Karr noted that Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, was “described in the report” and had “specifically requested that the report be withheld from the media.”
Karr added, “Knowing this, do you still want a copy of the report?”
The violent October 18 ransacking–which police have classified as felony armed robbery–remains under active investigation, said Karr. “No charges have been filed yet and no decision about charges will be made until the investigation is concluded,” the lawyer told TSG yesterday.
The police probe of the attack, which left one victim hospitalized, is occurring at the same time a grand jury is weighing possible criminal charges against the Ferguson cop who shot the unarmed Brown during an August confrontation.
According to the report, Pearlie Gordon, 54, and two men were selling “Justice for Mike Brown” merchandise on a Saturday afternoon when “a large group of about 20-30 subjects ‘jumped out of vehicles and rushed them.’” Gordon is the mother-in-law of Michael Brown Sr., McSpadden’s ex-husband.