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Michael Brown's Mother Speaking at DNC Tonight

In this photo made Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Lezley McSpadden speaks during an interview in St. Louis. McSpadden was sitting in her car on a smoke break from her grocery store job on Aug. 9, 2014, when a friend told her someone had been shot near Canfield Apartments in Ferguson, Mo. After that her life crumbled learning her son, 18-year-old son Michael Brown, had been shot and killed by a police officer. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Democratic National Convention on Tuesday will feature a group of speakers dubbed “Mothers of the Movement” who will appear alongside former President Bill Clinton.

The group consists of the mothers of the black men and women who were turned into martyrs after dying at the hands of “white oppressors.” Four out of the seven were killed in encounters with law enforcement, inspiring the Black Lives Matter movement.

Also speaking tonight — almost as if to provide cover for the DNC — will be Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay, who will talk about “best practices in community policing.”

The women in the group include Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner; Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin; Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland; and Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, who was killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer.

Of the group, McSpadden is easily the most controversial. She has become a full-time activist who “wrote” the book (with author Lyah Beth Leflore) “Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil.”

If we’re going to tell the truth, let’s start with “hands up, don’t shoot.”

It didn’t happen.

All of the investigations into the incident found that the “Gentle Giant’s” partner in crime, Dorian Johnson, lied about that. So did other witnesses who claimed to have seen it, and later recanted.

Officer Darren Wilson was cleared of all wrongdoing by a grand jury and two Justice Department investigations.

To be clear, Officer Wilson was found to have been fully justified in shooting McSpadden’s son — who had assaulted the officer, tried to disarm him and after being told repeatedly to surrender, and charged him.

McSpadden demanded that Officer Wilson apologize, but why should he if he did nothing wrong? His own life was ruined through no fault of his own.

The protests, riots, and vicious anti-police rhetoric that happened in the wake of the shooting were based on a lie. The entire Black Lives Matter movement is based on a lie.

Of course no one at the DNC will mention that this evening.

They will also stay clear of what happened on November 24, the night of the announcement that no criminal charges would be filed against Officer Wilson.

The parents of Michael Brown put out a public statement calling on supporters to “keep their protests peaceful,” but Louis Head, the ex-con gangbanger who is married to McSpadden, repeatedly urged protesters to “burn this b*tch down” while McSpadden stood silently and approvingly by his side.

Head then stood atop a platform and began to incite the already agitated mob, hollering ‘burn this b8tch down!’ He repeated the phrase at least ten times.

More than a dozen businesses were torched that night and 61 rioters were arrested. According to The Smoking Gun,  McSpadden’s hubby “ is an ex-convict whose rap sheet includes two felony narcotics convictions, according to state records.”

But enough about McSpadden’s husband. McSpadden herself was named by police as the robbery attacker in a violent brawl over Michael Brown commemorative t-shirts in October of 2014.  According to the police report, McSpadden and her crew stole merchandise worth over $1,500 and also took $400 in cash. Some of the vendors were struck with a pipe, one of them requiring medical treatment after being hit in the head.

Via The Smoking Gun:

The violent October 18 ransacking–which police have classified as felony armed robbery--remains under active investigation, said Karr. “No charges have been filed yet and no decision about charges will be made until the investigation is concluded,” the lawyer told TSG yesterday.

The police probe of the attack, which left one victim hospitalized, is occurring at the same time a grand jury is weighing possible criminal charges against the Ferguson cop who shot the unarmed Brown during an August confrontation.

According to the report, Pearlie Gordon, 54, and two men were selling “Justice for Mike Brown” merchandise on a Saturday afternoon when “a large group of about 20-30 subjects ‘jumped out of vehicles and rushed them.’” Gordon is the mother-in-law of Michael Brown Sr., McSpadden’s ex-husband.

Gordon told police that McSpadden, 34, approached her and said, “You can’t sell this shit.” Gordon replied, according to the report, that “unless McSpadden could produce documentation stating that she had a patent on her son’s name she (Gordon) was going to continue to sell her merchandise.”

McSpadden’s mother, Desureia Harris, began to rip down t-shirts hanging on a line, Gordon told officers. Then, she added, other members of the group began “tearing her booth apart.” Gordon (seen at left) said that during the melee she was repeatedly struck in the head and knocked to the ground.

At one point, Gordon recalled, she heard McSpadden “yell to an unknown subject, ‘That’s Calvina’s mom, get her ass.” [Calvina is the first name of Michael Brown Sr.’s wife.] “McSpadden then ran up and punched Gordon,” according to the report.

Gordon’s male associates were also beaten–reportedly with a pipe–during the confrontation, and one of the men was transported by EMS workers to a local hospital for treatment of “injuries sustained during the assault.”

Gordon identified McSpadden (seen below), McSpadden’s spouse, Harris, and several others as the “attackers.” More than $1500 in merchandise and $400 in cash “was stolen by unknown subjects” who fled before police arrived, the report notes.

A witness whose name was redacted from the report told cops that she watched the attack from her car while at a red signal. The woman said she saw several individuals enter the tent from opposite sides and begin “assaulting (punching) the vendors.”

Since then, the organized left has worked hard to clean up McSpadden’s image. She has, according to Snopes (in their fawning and complimentary profile), “spoken before a United Nations committee at a human rights conference in Switzerland, appeared at presidential campaign events for Hillary Clinton and been featured in a Beyonce video with Trayvon Martin’s mother and others holding photos of their slain loved ones.”

That’s lovely. The fact remains that her activism is predicated on a lie and her inclusion at the Democratic National Convention tonight is an embarrassment.