Father of teen whose death sparked BLM blasts organization’s leadership

The father of the black teen whose fatal shooting by police helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement is questioning the organization’s leadership.

Michael Brown Sr. added his name to the BLM10Plus movement, a dissident group calling for transparency and accountability as controversy rocks the larger Black Lives Matter Global Network.

Brown’s 18-year-old son Michael Brown was fatally shot by police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., in 2014. His death set off protests that raised the BLM movement’s profile.

The elder Brown’s name was included in a statement from BLM10Plus criticizing the leadership of the larger organization and asking for details about fundraising, spending and other decisions to be more transparent.

Earlier this year, after the Black Lives Matter Global Foundation revealed it received over $90 million in donations in 2020, as the movement went global in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, Brown publicly questioned the group’s spending and asked for $20 million to help Ferguson.

Also named in the BLM10Plus statement were Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old killed by police in 2014, and Lisa Simpson, mother of Richard Risher, whose son was slain by LA police in 2016. Both had previously criticized BLM in interviews with The Post.

Co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors recently announced she would be leaving the organization.
Co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors recently announced she would be leaving the organization.

BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors said she would resign last month, following revelations in The Post she had recently purchased a $3 million property portfolio.

While she said she paid for her properties with money she earned speaking and writing books, her lavish lifestyle called into question the accountability of the organization she led.

Source link

Show More

Related Articles

Back to top button