Lezley McSpadden
Lezley McSpadden (Screen grab from Al Jazeera video)

The mother of Michael Brown, a Black teenager killed by a White police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, nearly four years ago, announced she is considering a bid for City Council.

Lezley McSpadden made the announcement Monday while participating in a panel discussion on police violence at Harvard University, Mother Jones reported.

If McSpadden is elected, her duties would include overseeing the police department that was responsible for the death of her 18-year-old son.

“We have to get behind people who look like us and get them in these elected seats so that they can really do what’s right by the community, and I’m going to start with me by running for Ferguson City Council,” McSpadden said during the panel discussion.

After her son’s death in 2014, McSpadden received her high school diploma, authored a book, campaigned against police brutality and supported Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid.

At the time of Brown’s death, the six-member Ferguson City Council had just one Black person on board, but now half its members are Black.

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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