A video that’s making the media rounds shows Ferguson teen Michael Brown’s family members in a street fight over the sale of swag that was quickly created in the aftermath of his death – an altercation that grew so out-of-control police ultimately arrested two.
Brown, 18, was shot and killed in mid-2014 by police officer Darren Wilson. Two subsequent investigations by local and federal officials deemed Wilson fired in self-defense. But Ferguson and surrounding areas erupted in protests, with activists decrying the killing of a black teen by a white officer and bringing forth the now-widely known Black Lives Matter movement.
And now a newly released video is showing a different angle to the movement – a family feud that broke out between Brown’s mother, Lesly McSpadden, and Brown’s paternal step grandmother and cousin. The fight was over the sale of “Justice for Mike Brown” T-shirts being sold on the streets of Ferguson, on Oct. 14, 2014, just weeks after Brown was killed.
The video, captured by a passing driver, shows a woman named Latonya Ewings taking a stick to a man on the ground, Tony Petty, who was Brown’s cousin. Another man, Calvin Carter, helps Ewings hold Petty on the ground.
Ferguson police reported the fight was about the sale of the shirts, and that it started when Ewings, Brown’s paternal step grandmother, and another family member were confronted by McSpadden and dozens of other Brown family members in the street.
Court documents say McSpadden and “20-30 people” jumped out of cars and ran to Ewings. McSpadden allegedly screamed, “you can’t sell this [expletive],” and punched Ewings, Fox2Now in St. Louis reported.
The video doesn’t show McSpadden but it does include several dramatic images of overturned tables and T-shirts on the ground, as well as various skirmishes among the participants.
Police used the video to identify the suspects and have charged Carter and Ewings with felony second degree assault.