Michael Brown's mom: "Nobody's child deserves to be treated like that"

FERGUSON, Mo. - For the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the emotions are still raw.

"My son didn't deserve it. Nobody's child deserves to be treated like that - nobody's," said Lesley McSpadden, the teen's mother.

She and Michael Brown Sr. spent the day planning their son's funeral.

"I'm still dreaming a little bit. But, not getting a phone call for the last few weeks, so it's kind of coming to a sense of I am not going to hear that voice again," said Brown Sr.

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Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden
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When asked what the hardest part of the experience has been, McSpadden said "he took my son away, for nothing."

They want a grand jury to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting their son. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met privately with them Wednesday.

McSpadden wants a special prosecutor appointed in the case, voicing concerns about the investigation's credibility.

"I feel that because this is a repeated pattern that has been going on here in Missouri, not just St. Louis. You can't call the police on the police."

Both parents say they have not seen the surveillance video. It shows Michael Brown, minutes before his death, shoving a store clerk after allegedly stealing cigars.

His father said he was "just a normal 18-year-old, finding his way."

When asked if there was anything to suggest their son had an aggressive temperament, his mother answered, "No, he was just tall, big and black."

"My son had his hands up. So that lets the world know that he has been taught to understand and do the proper thing that he was told by a police officer, who he was suppose to trust to protect and serve him, to obey and not to be treated like a dog or a rat on a street," his father said.

Michael Brown Sr. says he told his son repeatedly to treat police with respect.

After three autopsies, the teenager's funeral is set for Monday morning.

  • Mark Strassmann

    Mark Strassmann was named CBS News Transportation correspondent in August 2011. He has been a CBS News correspondent since January 2001, and is based in the Atlanta bureau.

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