Michael Brown’s mom is taking her son’s case to the UN in Geneva

Michael Brown’s mom is taking her son’s case to the UN in Geneva

October 31, 2014
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Lesley McSpadden, center, mother of Michael Brown, marches in a protest in Ferguson, Mo. on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. On Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Lesley McSpadden, the mother of the 18-year-old boy whose death at the hands of a Ferguson police officer in August sparked weeks of protests, is going to Geneva, Switzerland next month to speak about her son and other victims of police brutality in front of the United Nations.

Michael Brown’s killing is still under investigation by federal officials, while a local grand jury tasked with deciding whether to charge officer Darren Wilson for his death is supposed to make an announcement any day — with few in Ferguson believing that an indictment is likely.

But with little faith in the justice her son will receive, McSpadden, accompanied by one of the family’s lawyers and a handful of local activists and human rights advocates, is taking her son’s case — and that of other victims of racial profiling and police violence — straight to the UN Committee Against Torture, the body tasked with preventing torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment and punishment around the world.

The trip — which was recently made public by organizers and promoted under the tagline “Ferguson to Geneva” — is meant to make a case, to as wide an audience as possible, that both Brown’s killing and the militarized police response to protesters demanding justice for him, are a matter of human rights.

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