11.17.2014

From #Ferguson to Geneva: Parents of Mike Brown take the struggle to United Nations forum



ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Finalcall.com) - A delegation including the parents of Michael Brown, Jr., was headed to Geneva, Switzerland to present the case of their son slain by a White police officer in Ferguson, Mo., before a United Nations body at Final Call press time.

The group was led by Attorney Justin Hansford, a professor at the St. Louis University School of Law and a member of the Don’t Shoot coalition.

Attorney Hansford is very hopeful putting the case before the 53rd Session of the United Nations Committee Against Torture, which convenes Nov. 3-28, will bring attention to the constant violation of human rights, racial profiling and police brutality towards Black and Brown communities in America. The delegation departed Nov. 11.

“In the absence of justice from the local, state, and federal government, the family of Michael Brown and Ferguson protesters is ready to take our case before the global community,” said the opening to a report submitted by the delegation. “The goal is not only to achieve justice in Ferguson, but to unite governments around the world against the human rights violations that result from racial profiling and police violence,” it continued. Parents Michael Brown, Sr., and Lesley McSpadden were expected to make presentations Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 as part of a focus on police brutality inside the United States—and in Ferguson, Mo.

“On one of the worst nights of police violence, Sunday, August 17, 2014, police launched tear gas into crowds without warning even before the state imposed curfew went into effect and numerous children were tear gassed, including some young enough to be in strollers,” the report posted on fergusontogeneva.org said. “Eyewitnesses report that they were unable to escape the gas. That evening, police justified the indiscriminate tear gassing of several hundreds, including children, by the arrest of seven or eight people who may have engaged in unlawful behavior. The St. Louis Children’s hospital announced that it did indeed treat children who suffered from tear gas exposure, and photos of an eight-year-old victim were widely circulated.” [Read more] 




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