Michael Brown’s Parents Testify at U.N. Hearing

Published on November 11th, 2014

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As the nation awaits the grand jury decision on Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, Michael Brown’s parents testified before the United Nations Committee Against Torture.

The committee is scheduled to review various human rights issues in the United States such as police brutality and the treatment of Guantanamo Bay detainees for the next two days.

According to a statement by their attorney’s office, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., the parents of Michael Brown, will “appeal for global intervention in the way policing currently functions in America.”

In a statement to the committee, McSpadden and Brown call for the end of “racial profiling and racially-biased police harassment across the jurisdictions surrounding Ferguson.

As tension in Ferguson simmered down, media coverage on Michael Brown’s death and police brutality have become nearly nonexistent. However, Michael Brown’s parents are determined to get justice for their son.

“We need the world to know what’s going on in Ferguson and we need justice,” said McSpadden in a televised interview with CNN. “We need answers and we need action. And we have to bring it to the U.N. so they can expose it to the rest of the world, what’s going on in small town Ferguson.”


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