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Michael Brown’s parents address U.N.: ‘We need the world to know’

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The parents of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., testified before a United Nations committee Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, because they want the world to know "what's going on in Ferguson."

The parents of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., testified before a United Nations committee Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, because they want the world to know “what’s going on in Ferguson.”

ST. LOUIS — The parents of Michael Brown, a Missouri teen killed by police, testified before a U.N. committee Tuesday because they want the world to know “what’s going on in Ferguson.”

Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. spoke to the United Nations Committee Against Torture — which also works against cruel or degrading treatment or punishment by government authorities.

“We need the world to know what’s going on in Ferguson and we need justice,” McSpadden told CNN in Geneva, Switzerland.

“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.”

Accounts differ as to what led to the August shooting of Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, by a white police officer.

While their testimony to the committee took place behind closed doors, the delegation that organized their trip said the couple would read from a statement submitted by the Brown family and organizations called HamdsUpUnited, the Organization for Black Struggle, and Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment.

The document says Brown’s killing and force used by police officers during protests that followed the killing “represent violations of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.”

It requests that the U.N. panel recommend the immediate arrest of Officer Darren Wilson, who killed Brown, as well as an end to “racial profiling and racially-biased police harassment across the jurisdictions surrounding Ferguson.”

Ferguson authorities have repeatedly denied similar accusations in the past.

The statement also calls for recommendations that would apply to the entire United States, including that the attorney general and Department of Justice “must conduct a nationwide investigation of systematic police brutality and harassment in black and brown communities, and youth in particular. Methodology and findings of this investigation must be made publicly available.”

Attorneys: Time for ‘global intervention’

In a statement, the Browns’ attorney’s office said the couple planned to “testify on behalf of many supporters who join in the appeal for global intervention in the way policing currently functions in America.”

Their trip to Geneva marked the first time out of the United States for the couple, CNN affiliate KSDK reported.

“We’ve been received very well,” McSpadden told CNN. “They’ve given us a lot of love and support since we’ve been here. Everything seems to be positive. It’s a great experience.”

Michael Brown Sr. said he and his wife were offering “an outlook on what’s going on in the United States and all over the world with the police, police brutality, no justice.”

Speaking of what life has been like since the killing, he said, “It’s a situation where I’m surprised we haven’t even lost our mind yet over this. But we’re being strong. Hopefully, justice will prevail.”

The trip came as the parents, and many people throughout the United States, brace for the results of grand jury deliberations — which will determine whether Wilson, 28, is indicted.

The trip was organized by the U.S. Human Rights Network, which is based in New York and Atlanta, KSDK reported.

“Traditionally, if you look at the history of the Convention Against Torture, this is the correct location for claims of police violence,” St. Louis University Assistant Professor Justin Hansford, one of the co-authors of the brief, told KSDK.

The Committee Against Torture “is the body of 10 independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by its State parties,” the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says on its website.

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14 comments

  • sande

    i am sick of hearing about the poor blacks being picked on; what about the white man that gets shot by a cop… there was no comment nor is it a big deal. the 18 yr old was not some little teen he looked pretty big for his age. but the real point is if the parents went to the un for police violence and abuse shouldnt it be for all and not just the black people… but then again we are in the era of the blacks by the blacks and for the black people … what about others..!!! remember ur own tribe leaders sold u as slaves back in the days before the days… so u need to get over it and move on; after all there is a black president and more . And u need to research about other peoples that were treated like crap in the us at one time or the other; look at how the irish were treated when they came to the us in the day days , the japaneses, but most important the real americans the indians.

  • david

    This is still going on? and they want the world to know whats going on in Ferguson? you mean people looting, making a big ruckus in the streets by causing chaos? yeah lets let the world know how stupid you look! and stupid you make your town look, im sure people around the world will have such a great view of America when they read about this kid and his welfare stricken parents. I can understand how they must be exhausted about all this, instead of letting there son die and live for him they and the rest of the community live his death every single day, and those who dont care about it have to live it every single day when we turn on the news and hear about a thug who tried to kill a cop, and now the cop had to go into hiding for the rest of his life because justice was done right,so whos really got the short end of the stick? but everyone else wants to say “he shot him because he was black” now ask yourself whos the one being really racist? time to get over this kid, his parents did a poor job of raising him considering the fact that he has a history of criminal behavior, as far as i see it, its just another thug we can say adios too!

  • Leisa Beat

    This Black kid was a thug, he robbed a man and pushed him around, he himself tried to kill the police officer who was trying to arrest him for robbing the gas station and they say he was wronged. I think not. His parents let him be the thug he was and didn’t even take into consideration what he did. I’m sorry their son is dead, so is mine should I beat the crap out of the car company because he was driving a car when he died. I think not. He is gone now go about your busdiness and let him rest in peace.

  • inner you

    Reading this comments they sure sound written by the white devils. Racist all the way no dought about it. Even so by people who aren’t fully thought how news is run. News only shows and gives you things that project hate in people’s hearts. Everything that surrounds us is being manipulated to keep our minds controlled by those who till this day run the world, those who are free are those who think for themselves and don’t have a projector doing it for them.
    If you go a few days without TV your mind will find it’s way to the truth of all things without distraction.

    • John Blevins

      no NOT a racist,just being real. He ROBBED a store hit the owner and then stared shit with a cop. Where is his intelligence-he had NONE. Stupid little punk and his parents deserve to get THE WORST PARENT AWARD for raising such a disrespectful punk.

  • Rosy

    Here are the results of their UN trip….The Brown’s are requesting officer Wilson’s immediate arrest and calling for an end to the perceived racial profiling in America.
    “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.” said the Brown’s document which can be found here.

    The U.N., however, blasted back at the couple after only mere hours of deliberation. In a statement released early this morning, Senior chairmen of the UN’s Committee Against Torture dismissed the couple’s plea entirely.
    “The sense of entitlement these people displayed is reprehensible” said chair member, Dr. Amancio Dominguez, in an interview with National Report. “We deal with legitimate and widespread instances of human rights violations, and frankly the issues presented to us here are not even a blip on our radar. It is in our opinion after reviewing all the evidence that the officer in question committed absolutely no wrong doing.”
    He continued, “While I feel for the loss endured by these two individuals, I believe they are blinded by grief, and this is simply not the forum which to project those feelings. My colleagues and I went over the surveillance footage, as well as other documents in the case, and we believe that Michael Brown is indeed guilty of the acts of which he is charged.”
    Another member of the UN committee told CNN this morning, “We have much more important things to do than involve ourselves in county level legal proceedings. This was an absolute waste of our time. Compared to human rights violations that are prevalent in such 3rd world countries as North Korea and Brazil, America’s plight simply does not compare. While instances of police brutality certainly do exist, we have found that this was no such a case, and we will not be intervening in the matter.”

    – See more at: http://nationalreport.net/un-dismisses-michael-brown-case-will-intervening-matter/#sthash.Y7UwxeXc.dpuf