Michael Brown Shooting: Parents of Late Teen Testify to United Nations Comittee Against Torture Regarding Situation in Ferguson, Missouri
Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., the parents of teen Michael Brown Jr., testified before the United Nations Committee Against Torture on Nov. 11 to shine light on the climate of Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of their son's death.
The teen was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson and left in the street for several hours on Aug. 9. Protests and civil unrest followed, with rumors of a call for the resignation of the Police Chief Thomas Jackson making national headlines.
One of the accountabilities of the U.N. committee is working 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."
Allthough the testimony to the U.N. committee transpired in private, the U.S. Human Rights Network, the delegation that prearranged the parents' outing, said the parents of the slain teen would recite from a statement submitted by the Brown family and organizations called Hands Up United, the Organization for Black Struggle, and Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment. In that statement, the couple's attorney's office stated that the couple intended to "testify on behalf of many supporters who join in the appeal for global intervention in the way policing currently functions in America."
With the trip to Geneva, the parents and various communities across the U.S. are preparing for the results of grand jury deliberations . These will resolve whether Wilson, a six-year vetern police officer, is prosecuted.
Michael Brown Sr. stated McSpadden and himself were proposing "an outlook on what's going on in the United States and all over the world with the police, police brutality, no justice," though the father of the slain teen admits the married couple are still coming to terms with the killing of their son.
"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," Brown Sr. said.
The two's trip to Switzerland has been met with warmth and suppor.
"We've been received very well," McSpadden said. "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."