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Family of Christopher Brown Calls For Federal Investigation

Charges against off-duty Baltimore County police officer aren't enough, says mother of Christopher Brown.

The mother of a slain Randallstown teen is calling for a federal civil rights investigation into the June 13 death of her son.

Chris Brown, mother of Christopher Brown, said in an interview Thursday that she plans to ask the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice to review the actions of the Baltimore County Police Department and State's Attorney's office.

"I want to take this out of the hands of the Baltimore County Police Department and the state's attorney's hands," said Chris Brown. "I'm trying to take this to the federal level."

Christopher Brown died June 13 of asphyxiation, according to police, citing a state medical examiner's report.

James Laboard, an off-duty police officer, was by a Baltimore County grand jury. He was after a brief hearing Thursday afternoon.

Laboard is accused of chasing Christopher Brown down after someone threw a paving stone at a door to his Randallstown home, about a block away from where Christopher Brown lived. Police said Laboard found Christopher Brown hiding in some bushes and an altercation ensued that resulted in the teen's death.

Chris Brown, the mother of the teen, said she believes her son's neck was broken.

"Christopher was dead already" by the time resuscitation effort began, Chris Brown said.

The charges against Laboard don't go far enough, she added.

"I didn't ask for the death penalty, I didn't ask for life in prison," Chris Brown said. "I asked for a charge of murder."

Russell Neverdon, a Baltimore attorney representing the Brown family, said he expects to complete and file the complaint no later then Friday afternoon.

"We're talking about an excessive use of force and a 4th Amendment violation," Neverdon said. "[Christopher Brown] was seized and his life was taken and that was a clear violation of his liberties."

A police department spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment.

Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger declined to comment on the request for an investigation.

"We will continue to cooperate and inform the Brown family on what is going on in their case and continue to work to keep the lines of communication open," Shellenberger said.

Red Dolphin June 30, 2012 at 03:08 AM
to further support your rational Laura refernce the Roman Welzant case,its been a while , I researched it he was acquitted after being continually harassed and had rocks thrown at him and his property,,,,,,,,,, he had enough shot the "kids ( I use the term loosely as well,,,,,,,,,,,, one died one was critically injured as I stated Mr Welzant was acquitted
Red Dolphin June 30, 2012 at 03:22 AM
who has the guts to say " its a good thing the officer wasnt white" I just did, OH it woulkd be allovetr the national news, there would be all kinds a of pomp and circumstance ( or should they be circus-stance ) Miss Brown, surley yub are devasted,,,,,, I m sorry to espouse the objective view......... why? why was he out hanging with these problem guys ? forgive me as I start to realize how you must feel,,,,,,,,, No I cant really but Im trying,,,,,,,,,, point is its sad no mattrer what the combination of races involved ,,,,,,,,,,,,, just saying in any event we dont need Sharpton to tells us that should tha have been the case,,,,,,,,,, we are all humans n o one deserves to be treated any less,,,,,,,,,,,, and this is not the 1960's we are all much more adbaced in humanitarian compassion these days,,,,,,,,,, we all should pray this never happens again,,,,,,,,,,,,, as for Laura you make some good points., but understand this lady lost her son ,,,,,,,,,, Im sure she wants the truth to prevail
Red Dolphin June 30, 2012 at 03:26 AM
you are right Larry,I did the same stuff, I was fortunate to have been fleet of foot and I knew the back yards , dove over fences out of sight of the police or my victims,,,,,,,,,,,,,thats why the rest of the rock throwers got away I guess?
Red Dolphin June 30, 2012 at 03:29 AM
if you were shot, you took that chance Larry of trespassing, not justifiablr I grant you that but yes you could hve been shot......... so could have I for the stuff I did and got away with
Red Dolphin June 30, 2012 at 03:30 AM
" The mother of a slain Randallstown " Slain ? come on !isnt that a little inflamatory? is that what you cal lobjective journalism Mr Sears?
Red Dolphin June 30, 2012 at 03:35 AM
HOW BOUT CHA LARRY!!
Red Dolphin June 30, 2012 at 03:41 AM
no one said he deserved to die stop interpreting peoples words to fit your argument they said if he had not been there throwing rocks this would ot have happend how do you interpret that to mean he deserved to die ? what ensued after he threw the rocks at the man and/or his property thats what precipated his death that we know is when the death occured, was it intentional is the question, no one said he deserved to die
Red Dolphin June 30, 2012 at 03:48 AM
know this is pleasing to a lot of folks in the area in light of the recent problems at the Inner Harbor first of all this is miles from the inner harbor and secondly no one is pleased,,,,,,,,,,, dont even try to lay that stigsam on those wo wnat a peaceful community
Red Dolphin June 30, 2012 at 03:50 AM
they want federal cause they have evil ERic holder there to over ride the local police dept
Red Dolphin June 30, 2012 at 09:55 AM
btw the attorney;s name for Miss Brown , "Neverdon" sound familiar? remember the the case of a street murder on Mc Clean Blvd in North east Balto, when a african american man was charged for murdering and asian he was acquitted,The african american judge asked the jury "are you sure ? you know you'll have the blood of this victim on your hands" even he could not believe it
Karl June 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM
If ANYONE pursues a kills a fleeing suspect, it is ruled a homicide because the suspect was not threatening to harm the murderer. Even if the murder victim was the aggressor and had threatened to kill the murderer before he ran away. A trained police officer should know this. Even though the boy struggled with the pursuing home owner, I seriously doubt there is any evidence that the boy threatened the officer's life. I also don't believe there is any evidence that the home owner identified himself as a policeman. Do you remember the case about a Charles village man who used a sword to kill an intruder in his home? The resident had been burglarized two or three times before. The burglar had no weapon and did not threaten the resident. The resident/burglary victim was charged with murder. I don't believe County law is any different than city law in this case. PS, it makes no difference if the boy was running with the wrong crowd. Guilt by association is not in the law books, only in our minds.
Karl June 30, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Preliminary reports indicate his neck was broken. Another boy has admitted throwing the rock. Full disclosure. As an adult I have been an officer in Citizens On Patrol. As a teenager I threw a snowball at a house door and ran. I was caught by the owner. (I'm not proud of it, but I also removed lights from outdoor Christmas decorations and smashed them in the street.) I'm thankful those owners didn't resort to physical retribution.
Erika June 30, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Laura, you obviously didn't read my comments thoroughly. I said, in that hypothetical situation, that the kid WOULD be charged with manslaughter, I said (based on the first story I read about this) that the officer chased the boy down...yes, "in a fit of rage", did you think he wanted to hug him and buy him an ice cream?... and then found the kid in the bushes, where from he dragged him out and, due to whatever physical confrontation ensued, the kid died. And, you're telling me if your child died at 17 you wouldn't think of him/ her as being a "kid" that lost the chance of living a full life? You really think that if your (apparently perfect) child was in the wrong company and an officer caused his/her death without PHYSICAL provocation or branding a weapon, you would see things differently than this mother?Say what you will, I won't believe it. As for the others' comments insinuating I've never been the victim of a crime..You have NO idea what I've experienced in my life so I suggest you avoid that kind of argument. You all can say how "sad" this is all you want, but when you're pointing the finger at this kid and his mother's parenting skills as to why he's dead, you don't sound very sad at all. Just lacking any sort of empathy, whatsoever. Based on the witness accounts and facts that I've read, and based on our laws, this was a murder. Also, nobody said that delinquent behavior is acceptable, just that a death shouldn't be the punishment for it. Karl is absolutely right.
Sassy July 02, 2012 at 04:55 PM
When I was a kid, the most we did was ring someone's door bell and run behind bushes to laugh when they answered the door. That's a big difference when deliberately destroying someone's property with all the money and inconvenience this causes. Some kids today are capable of so much more devious and dangerous behavior. Why did the kid target that particular house? Was it random and was he throwing rocks at other properties? Did the kid throw rocks at the cop's house, or did the cop see the kid throwing rocks at other properties and decided to stop him? Anger plays a big role in the outcome of this situation. We are currently living in a angry and depressed society and it doesn't take much for peoples' ANGER to escalate. Law abiding, tax-paying citizens are at the end of their ropes. In any event, we don't know all the facts yet. But low and behold, there will come a time when caucasians will be the minority in this country and all the other "diversities" as we call it today, will be having these problems with each other.
Laura Jackson July 03, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Geez! This is getting RIDICULOUS!!! First of all, I NEVER once said that this teen DESERVED TO DIE! But, I'm getting "attacked" in here for saying that this teen had NO BUSINESS OUT LATE AT NIGHT DESTROYING OTHER PEOPLE'S PROPERTY. That's all. As for the "cause of death by asphyxiation," NOBODY KNOWS HOW the teen died by "asphyxiation." The coroner's report did NOT say the teen's neck was broken; it did not say that this teen died due to STRANGULATION (as some people in here have reported that he was choked to death with the Officer's bare hands). PAAAALEEEEZZZZZ!!! And, Erika--I never claimed my children (GROWN CHILDREN) were "perfect." However, NONE of them (and I do mean--NONE OF THEM) would have EVER thought of disrespecting another person or another person's property in their lives. Why is that??? BECAUSE I RAISED THEM TO RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE AND THEIR PROPERTY! If parents cannot do that, then why have children? Parents should be teaching their children as soon as they are toddlers RIGHT FROM WRONG.
Laura Jackson July 03, 2012 at 02:24 PM
In fact, just this past weekend, my grown children and I went out for breakfast. On our way out of the restaurant, a whole family were on their way inside. As they stepped out of the car, this girl about 9 years old was carrying a bottle of water. Her mother turned and yelled at her to get rid of the water. So, this 9-year-old kid dumped her water out. Well--that was fine. But, then (empty bottle in hand) she decided to toss the empty water bottle out on the ground. BOTH of her freakin parents SAW HER DOING THIS. They said NOTHING to her!!! So, it's OKAY to watch your child just litter. It's NO WONDER certain neighborhoods have turned into looking like a ghetto. Sorry--but, it's TRUE!!! Then, what really gets me is when the neighborhood starts to look trashy, the same people who trashed it are the ones COMPLAINING!!! There's just NO RESPECT anymore for other people or their property. That's ALL I was saying. I never said this teen "deserved" to die. I understand that it's a very sad situation. But, no--I don't believe the officer should be HANGED (which, if given the choice, Miss Brown would LOVE to do). And, why is it that Miss Brown is SO DAMN MAD???? Shouldn't she be more SAD right now???? That's what I do NOT understand about any of this. If any of my grown children were to die (as I said before), I would not be able to speak to ANYONE (especially the media) for a year or more. But, this mother has not shed ONE TEAR!
Laura Jackson July 03, 2012 at 02:31 PM
And, yes--I've seen Miss Brown several times on the news about this. Why NO TEARS??? Really???? Your so-called "perfectly good boy" dies unnecessarily, wasn't doing ANYTHING wrong (in her eyes), and was SLAIN (as the newspaper put it) by a Police Officer, and this mother doesn't CRY about it??? Yet, she can get on the news and talk all nasty! That is NOT the sign of a mother that gives a damn about her son. Obviously! If she DID care, again--she would have KNOWN where her son was that night and what he was doing. But, apparently, she knew nothing about his double life (of hanging out with these rotten "kids"). So, yes--I DO blame her parenting skills. Did she even call him that evening on a cell phone??? I wonder. I also wonder what her motive is behind wanting ALL of this "MEDIA" ATTENTION. And, wanting it to go to "Federal" court??? Sorry. But, no way that will happen. This is NOT a "Federal" case. Looks like her son is gone now, and perhaps she's only out for media attention and to find a way to SUE the whole Baltimore County/City Police Department, perhaps even try to sue the State police and, if she doesn't get her way, perhaps she can attempt to sue the FBI. I don't know. But, it seems to me, if she was THAT upset over her son's death, she'd be home MOURNING (LIKE A "NORMAL" PARENT). Instead of crying about her son, she's out there FIGHTING. That's WHY this world is so screwed up. EVERYONE IS ALWAYS CAUSING TROUBLE--FIGHTING AND MORE FIGHTING.
Laura Jackson July 03, 2012 at 02:36 PM
So, people--when you get ALL of the facts about how this teen died, or know (for a FACT) what happened that night (because you don't know if this teen hid in the bushes and then when the cop grabbed him, you don't know if this teen said he had a gun or fought back). Plain and simple. YOU DO NOT KNOW. So, in the meantime, give the officer a break. Again, if I thought someone were breaking in MY home, I might have reacted the same way--as for chasing down the person(s). And, please do not say you would not do that. Because, unless you ARE in that situation, you don't KNOW how you would react. Let the lawyers handle this. And, IMO, we should all stop discussing this. All we are doing is feeding into Miss Brown's media attention. And, that might just be exactly what she wants. As for me, I'm not giving her another moment of my time. I pray she will be comforted by God, realize that her son did something to "screw up" and wasn't the "perfect" boy she thought he was (seeing he was hanging out with the wrong people), and let her son rest in peace. The officer has already been charged. That's enough. So, let go and let God.
Red Dolphin July 03, 2012 at 09:13 PM
laura is right, we dont have all the facts yet.............. so why does the article start out with " the teen ager that was slain " ? SLAIN !?
redd hott July 11, 2012 at 07:24 PM
you guys are SAD how can someone justify a senseless murder if he choked and he was out cool why da murder think bout that he blanked out BEFORE he died ppl he was no threat let the law deal with him sue send him to jail but don't KILL him dats someones child i love da country we all get along and love each other kids too
James Harrison July 12, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Michele, Let's get the fact before we pass judgement, it seem the people was in the wrong, becasue this child was not causing problems but his friends were, and since then the police has been charged with manslaughter. Let's just stick with the facts.
missamericabrown July 12, 2012 at 07:49 AM
In my opinion everybody on this post needs to be quiet. especially Red Dolphin who stated that he is glad the officer wasn't white. In my opinion that's a sarcastic racist statement. If the death of Emid Till, the three little girls bombed in the church, and let's not forget the little girlm that was raped and beaten in Texas ("A Time To Kill) then the race card could never be played. This incident is not about race thank God. Let's think back to the 1800's. Who started all this racism and racially motivated violence. Sure wasn't Black people. Laura go raise your kids, if you have any. The time you are spending judging people and arguing on line is time you could be spending educating your own kids.
missamericabrown July 12, 2012 at 08:08 AM
Another thing. I personally believe that if the officer was white he would not have been charged with manslaughter. I feel he would not have been charged at all. Whatever color the officer was he should have called 911 when he heard the bang. What if it was a bomb. He took matters in his own hands. If he was off duty he should have called for on duty officers. If I hear a loud bang at my door I would possibly look out of the window and call the police. What I find amazing is they charged him quicker than Zimmerman.
missamericabrown July 12, 2012 at 08:11 AM
In my opinion everybody on this post needs to be quiet. especially Red Dolphin who stated that he is glad the officer wasn't white. In my opinion that's a sarcastic racist statement. If the death of Emid Till, the three little girls bombed in the church, and let's not forget the little girl that was raped and beaten in Texas ("A Time To Kill) then the race card could never be played. This incident is not about race thank God. Let's think back to the 1800's. Who started all this racism and racially motivated violence. Sure wasn't Black people. Laura go raise your kids, if you have any. The time you are spending judging people and arguing on line is time you could be spending educating your own kids.
Tree July 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Seriously, you don't think there would have been more of an uprising if the officer was white? I wanna live in your world! White people might have started racism but none of us were alive back then and it doesn't make it right to keep it going.
Tree July 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM
If the officer was white, he wouldn't be charged with manslaughter? Wow, that has to be a joke. He would have had to move out of state and go into hiding before he was charged, I cant even imagine the riots/uprising and death threats. We don't know if he called 911 but he is police and was protecting his property/family. If you just go by what Mom and the media is saying, you need to have your head examined. They weren't there and obviously Mom is not going to think her son did anything wrong. She should defend him. You won't here what the defense has because they are always quiet until trial. We don't know and shouldn't know what all the facts are in the case.
Laura Jackson July 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM
TO: MISSAMERICABROWN--or, should I say, to: Miss Brown (and you know who you are). First of all, I DO have children, thank you! In fact, I have THREE CHILDREN (ALL OF WHOM ARE GROWN)--ALL GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE--ALL MADE THE DEAN'S LIST AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER! And, you say I spend my time judging people and arguing online? NO. Get your facts straight. I have simply stated the FACTS in this case. And, you have the BALLS to bring up the RACE card??? You say, "let's think back to the 1800's"?!?!? HELLO!!! We now live in a different time. Were you a SLAVE??? I am not sure about you or how old you are, but I certainly wasn't around when slavery existed. And, I'm pretty sure that most of the people in here were not around at that time either. I am SO SICK AND TIRED of black people STILL BLAMING all of the white people for the slavery that existed BEFORE ANY OF US WERE EVEN BORN! That would be like all Jews hating every person they meet that just so happened to be German (because of what Hitler did to them). It's just ridiculous! So, Missamericabrown--if you CHOOSE to bring up the race card and say how it isn't fair to this poor teen (who, by the way, CHOSE to hang out with these hooligans who were ALL out stirring up trouble that night), then let's go there. How about that black man in Baltimore City who turned the corner and hit TWO WHITE GIRLS with his car??? That SOB was not even charged with MANSLAUGHTER!!! So, where was the justice in that case???
Laura Jackson July 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Also, to Missamericabrown (NOT): It is obvious from your posts that you are black. So, I am assuming that you think the case of that black man hitting and killing two young WHITE girls with his car and getting off (NO CHARGES WHATSOEVER) was completely fair??? Of course, you do. After all, let's just go after all of the white people to "GET EVEN" for all of the slavery back in the 1800's. Right??? I mean--that's what you implied in your post. And, honestly--you keep talking about wanting to talk about who STARTED RACISM, right??? How about talking about STOPPING RACISM--which would be the more civilized approach people SHOULD be taking. In fact, it is upsetting enough to me that the majority of black people voted for "O" just because he is black. Got news for you. He is NOT BLACK! The man is HALF BLACK AND HALF WHITE. But, no--black people so want to believe that he is the first black president. Sorry to inform you; but, the man had a black father and a WHITE MOTHER. And, he was RAISED BY HIS WHITE GRANDMOTHER. Gee. I wonder if people who are born with both black and white blood in them are racists. And, if so--against which race??? Bottom line is this: STOP TALKING ABOUT SLAVERY AND ATTEMPTING TO GET EVERYONE TO FEEL SORRY FOR YOU. YOU WERE NOT A SLAVE. AND, NOBODY WHO IS WHITE TODAY WAS INVOLVED WITH ANY OF THAT. SO, STOP BLAMING WHITE PEOPLE FOR EVERYTHING. Keep up with the times. And, for God's sake--GO TO CHURCH. You might learn something.
Laura Jackson July 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM
FYI--GOD CREATED EVERYONE (BLACK, WHITE, ASIAN, HISPANIC, ETC.). So, if you HATE WHITE people (or anyone else in here who happens to be of a different color other than black), better have a talk with God about that. In God's eyes, we are ALL the same. We are all equal! It's just too bad that "man" doesn't think that way today. And, what's really sad is that a lot of black people are still playing this race card. I see it happen all the time. If two people are both qualified for the same position (one being black and the other white), guess which one gets the job? If you don't know, I will tell you. It is the black person. Why?? Because, if they do not get hired, they run to their nearest Civil Rights Activists to file a "discrimination complaint." Is that fair, Missamericabrown? I don't think so. I also do not think it is fair for black people to have their OWN churches (no white people allowed). Could white people have their own churches and not allow blacks to come in? No. Could white people have a Miss WHITE America pageant? No. But, there IS a Miss BLACK America pageant. Could white people have their own television network (WHITE ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION)? No. But, there IS a BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION (BET) network. None of that is fair. And, it certainly is not fair that black people have "CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS" to back them up. Who do white people turn to when they are treated unfairly? NOBODY. What is "CIVIL" about that?
CerahAnd July 12, 2012 at 01:25 PM
How disgusting that you would "laugh and, grin" at anyone who would potentially suffer from a loss as unfortunate as this. Regardless of the circumstances or outlook, you are talking about laughing at the death of someone's child. Your post trivializes this situation and displays a horrific amount of callousness.

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