In an interview with Al Jazeera America, Lesley McSpadden was not shy about her dislike of Wilson as transcript of the chat revealed her saying that the former Ferguson, Missouri officer was cold and malicious for shooting her son in the street.
“The devil. That comes to mind. Evil,” McSpadden said about Wilson. “He wouldn’t even admit what he did was wrong. He wouldn’t admit he had no reason to do what he did … I’ll never forgive him.”
Wilson’s comments come nearly a year after Brown’s fatal encounter with Wilson on a residential street on Aug. 9, 2014. The International Business Times notes that Wilson fired 12 shots at Brown , who died soon after the confrontation.
In his court testimony, Wilson told a grand jury that he feared for his life on that fateful day. Disputing Wilson’s version were witnesses who argued that Brown wasn’t doing anything wrong and had his hands up upon speaking to Wilson. The grand jury ultimately decided to not indict Wilson for Brown’s death in November after a lengthy investigation and deliberation
The decision triggered a wave of protests in Ferguson that found residents saying they were regularly abused by police because of their race.
Following the grand jury’s decision, Wilson removed himself from the public eye. He recently resurfaced to speak to the New Yorker for a story on the anniversary of Brown’s death that was published this week. In the interview, Wilson maintained his stance that Brown tried to kill him while admitting that he has found it difficult to get a new job.
Wilson went on to mention a “pre-gang culture” that existed in Ferguson as well as complain about the civil wrongful death suit Brown’s family filed against him in April.
“Do I think about who he was as a person? Not really, because it doesn’t matter at this point,” Wilson said. “Do I think he had the best upbringing? No. Not at all.”
Responding to Wilson’s comments, McSpadden called the New Yorker article a waste of an interview and stated that her son wasn’t in a gang and didn’t have enemies.
“What [Wilson is] talking about, he has no idea about my life at all,” McSpadden added. “He had no idea what he was taking away when he did that to my son.”
To see McSpadden’s response to Wilson’s comments, check out the video below: