No Justice. No Trust.
On this day when America honors it military personnel and veterans for fighting to maintain America’s freedom, an American couple sat before a committee in another country and spoke about police brutality in America.
Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. traveled to Geneva, Switzerland as part of a delegation of human rights advocates and spoke before a U.N. Committee against Torture.
Lesley and Michael are the parents of Michael Brown, who was killed by Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO on August 9, 2014. The county’s prosecutor took evidence before the county’s grand jury, and rumors abound that the grand jury will not indict Darren Wilson.
“We need the world to know what’s going on in Ferguson and we need justice. 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 Lesley.
Michael’s parents also addressed the militarized police response to protests over the killing of Michael Brown, and that such a response violated the U.N.’s convention against torture, in which the U.S. is a signatory.
Michael’s parents urged the U.N. Committee to bring an end to racially-biased policing tactics and the practice of racial-profiling by officers in Ferguson. However, they didn’t stop there. They also recommended and requested a nationwide investigation to examine “systematic police brutality and harassment in black and brown communities, and youth in particular, saying “Methodology and findings of this investigation must be made publicly available.”
Michael’s parents along with other parents whose loved ones have been slain by police, remain strong and dignified in their mission to fight for justice while dealing with their grief.
Posted on 11/11/2014, in Cops Gone Wild, Michael Brown - Ferguson, Trials & Cases and tagged Darren Wilson, Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown, Michael Brown Sr. United Nations, police brutality, UN. Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.