From the setting (the parking lot of a BBQ joint), to the characters (and their MLK-family-like-milking of their dead kin’s iconography within the ghetto community), to the Maury Povich styled fist-a-cuffs, you can’t make this shit up:
Family members of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., recently fought in a parking lot over merchandise related to his death.
Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, has asked that her son not be used for business sales or political actions. Last Saturday she found her son’s grandmother, Pearlie Gordon, and his cousin, Tony Petty, selling t-shirts in the parking lot of Red’s BBQ, a few blocks from where Mr. Brown was shot, a local Fox affiliate reported Wednesday.
A witness said Ms. McSpadden jumped out of a car, accompanied by another unidentified person, and yelled “You can’t sell this [expletive].”
One of the relatives peddling the merchandise demanded that Ms. McSpadden show a document to prove that she had a patent.
Then, according to the police report, an unidentified person with Ms. McSpadden attacked Ms. Petty with a metal pipe or pole, striking her in the face. The attack resulted in a 911 call.
The witness said the assault suspect took the merchandise and about $1,400 in cash.