*The parents of Michael Brown brought their effort to expose the happenings in Ferguson, Mo. to an international stage with appearing before the United Nations Committee Against Torture.
According to CNN, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. testified before the committee on Tuesday about the events in Ferguson following the Aug. 9th shooting death of their unarmed 18-year-old son by White police officer Darren Wilson. The United Nations Committee Against Torture works to prevent 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.”
Although McSpadden and Brown Sr.’s testimony was held behind closed doors, the delegation that organized their trip revealed that the couple would read from a statement submitted by the Brown family and organizations such as HandsUpUnited, the Organization for Black Struggle, and Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment.
The statement notes that Brown’s killing and force used by police officers during protests that followed the tragedy “represent violations of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.”
The shooting of protestors ignited a string of ongoing and sometimes violent protests in Ferguson regarding police violence against Blacks, especially unarmed men.
The UN testimony from Brown Sr. and McSpadden comes as the country awaits a grand jury’s decision in the case. On Tuesday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon made it known with a warning that protestors would face the consequences if violence results from Wilson not being indicted by the grand jury.