A town known for anti-police protests became the scene of a different kind of battleground when members of Michael Brown’s family clashed with one another over the sale of merchandise bearing his name.
The dead teen’s relatives, including his grandmother, were selling T-shirts and other products commemorating Brown’s shooting death, when his mother, Lesley McSpadden, showed up at a Ferguson, Mo., restaurant parking lot with reinforcements, demanding they stop, local Fox affiliate KTVI reported.
“You can`t sell this shit,” McSpadden yelled, according to one eyewitness to the Oct. 18 altercation.
The situation escalated when one of the relatives selling the merchandise asked McSpadden to prove she had a patent on the swag.
That’s when an unidentified person accompanying McSpadden assaulted Brown’s cousin, Tony Petty, KTVI reported, citing a police report.
A witness said the person hit Petty in the face with a metal object and grabbed some of the merchandise, along with a box reportedly containing $1,400 in cash, according to KTVI.
Medics were called, and Petty was taken to the hospital.
McSpadden appealed to the public last week not to use Brown’s image for commercial or political purposes, saying such images “add additional dramas into our lives,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
“I believe this is what Michael would want – to be remembered for the good, not being part of what some may consider self-serving business or political actions,” McSpadden said in a statement, according to the Post-Dispatch.
The altercation may have been captured by surveillance cameras located on the property of Red’s BBQ, just blocks from where Brown was killed by police, KTVI reported.
No one was arrested in the Oct. 18 incident. A grand jury is weighing possible criminal charges against Darrell Wilson, the officer who shot an unarmed Brown on Aug. 9.
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