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Michael Brown's parents speak out

9:06am IST - 01:51

The parents of Michael Brown speak out about the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot their son. Rough cut, no reporter narration

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ROUGH CUT, NO REPORTER NARRATION The parents of Michael Brown spoke out on Wednesday (November 26) after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of their unarmed black teenager. There have been protests in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and other cities decrying Monday's grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the August 9 fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, in a case that has sparked debate about race relations in the United States. Michael Brown, Sr. and Lesley McSpadden along with their attorney Benjamin Crump, discussed the grand jury's decision not to indict officer Wilson and their feelings on his testimony, in an interview with PBS Charlie Rose. Michael Brown's mother said she had heard conflicting testimonies about the altercation between Wilson and her son, and that she did not believe that her son could have been aggressive with Wilson. "My son was running for his life, and as his father has said before, he's had a conversation with him about how to deal with the authorities if you're approached. Which is to obey, basically. If they ask you to do something you have to do it. I believe that he (police officer Wilson) asked my son to stop and I believe that's what he did. He stopped, he turned around to get down on his knees like the officer asked him," she said. She also talked about her disillusionment with the way her son was treated in his final minutes, as well the months since his death. "Respect is definitely at the core. And we deserve equal amount of respect and we are not getting it, and that was all that we wanted is equality for what happened to our son. And I think it's very unfair and I'm just like, I never knew that this is how things would go, this is how things operated there, that the system could fail you so much," she said. Brown Senior spoke about the shock and loss of losing his son. "We're different now. Just have to keep the faith. That hole will never be filled. We have other children that we love but, you know, I think that actually broke me, he was my first, you know, we spent a lot of time together. It just -- just broke me. It broke me," he said. Tensions between police and black Americans have simmered for decades, with many blacks feeling the U.S. legal system and law enforcement authorities do not treat them fairly.

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Michael Brown's parents speak out

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