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November 26th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

Michael Brown's mother: 'This could be your child'

Watch CNN's interview with Michael Brown's parents at 8 p.m. ET on "Anderson Cooper 360."

(CNN) - Michael Brown's mother says hearing that a grand jury had decided not to indict the officer who killed her son felt like getting shot.

"We heard this and it was just like, like I had been shot. Like you shoot me now - just no respect, no sympathy, nothing," Lesley McSpadden told CNN's Sunny Hostin on Wednesday. "This could be your child. This could be anybody's child."

A New York Times video captured the moments immediately after McSpadden heard about the decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the white officer who killed her son, Michael Brown, a black teenager. She stood with protesters outside the Ferguson police department, sobbing uncontrollably.

McSpadden's husband, her son's stepfather, wrapped her in his arms before turning to the crowd, screaming: "Burn this bitch down."

"He just spoke out of anger. It's one thing to speak and it's a different thing to act. He did not act. He just spoke out of anger," McSpadden said about her husband, Louis Head.

"When you're that hurt and the system has did you this wrong, you may say some things as well. We've all spoke out of anger before," she told CNN.

Brown's father said the grand jury's decision changed his view of America.

"I was upset. I didn't understand," Michael Brown Sr. said in a conversation with the Rev. Al Sharpton on Tuesday on MSNBC. "It just let me know that where we live is not what we thought, or what I thought. It's what people have been saying all the time, for a nice little minute: that this was a racist state."

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