Michael Brown’s mother named as attacker in brawl now described as ‘armed robbery’

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More details have been released on a parking lot brawl involving the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, an incident police classified as an armed robbery.

The fight took place on Oct. 18 and involved up to 30 people, including the slain teenager’s mother Lesley McSpadden, according to a police report obtained by Smoking Gun.

Pearlie Gordon, identified by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as the mother of Michael Brown Sr.’s wife, and two other people were selling T-shirts bearing Brown’s name in a booth set up in a parking lot when as many as 30 people “jumped out of vehicles and rushed them,” the report said.

“You can’t sell this shit,” McSpadden said, as she approached Gordon, the officer wrote in his statement. The group allegedly began tearing the booth apart.

It was previously reported that it was Brown’s grandmother who was selling the merchandise, but it turns out that his grandmother was with McSpadden.

“You don’t know my grandson like that,” McSpadden’s mother Desureia Harris told Gordon, according to the report. “I’m going to tear this shit down.”

Gordan told police she was “repeatedly struck in the back and left side of the head by an unknown subject.” She said McSpadden also struck her. Another person with Gordon was also assaulted and had to be taken to the hospital.

She told police $1,500 in merchandise and $400 in cash was taken during the incident.

“My client denies that she assaulted anyone,” Lynne Perkins, an attorney representing McSpadden, told the Post-Dispatch.

According to the newspaper, a witness has a video of the incident, but has not been willing to turn it over to police.

The incident took place just blocks from where Brown was killed by police. There have been no arrests.

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