Lesley McSpadden, the mother of slain Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, says the first public comments from police officer Darren Wilson added "insult after injury," following a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer in the teen's death.
Wilson's account "sounds crazy," Michael Brown Sr. told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie. It's "disrespectful," McSpadden explained.
Wilson said in his interview that Brown was the instigator of the incident, reaching for Wilson's gun and charging at him to the point where Wilson said he feared for his life.
"For one, my son, he respected law enforcement,'' Brown Sr. said in reaction to Wilson's comments. "Two, who in their right mind would rush or charge at a police officer that has his gun drawn? It sounds crazy."
Wilson said that Brown had a "crazy" look on his face and that he looked like "a demon" before Wilson shot him.
"When you have people of color be killed they try to demonize and play on the stereotypes, and they try to put the police officer who killed our children on a pedestal,'' family attorney Benjamin Crump told Guthrie. "It's just not right, and we have to fix this system."
On Monday, the grand jury's decision sparked rioting immediately after it was announced. At least 44 people were arrested Tuesday night during a second evening of protests.
The family now plans on pursuing the case in federal and civil court and also is pushing for a law requiring police officers to wear body cameras across the country.
"We're just going to keep fighting and pray for a better outcome,'' said Brown Sr., who said he was hoping for a conviction for Wilson in federal court.
"We plan on exhausting every legal avenue possible to give them some sense of justice,'' Crump said.