Ferguson is about to get the global treatment thanks to the testimony of Michael Brown’s parents. Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. presented their case to the United Nations Committee Against Torture on Tuesday in a bid to expose the senseless killing of their son.
Back in August, the 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer despite the fact that he was unarmed and posed no threat. His mother spoke to CNN from Geneva and expressed her need to “let the world know what’s going on in Ferguson”. “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”.
The testimony was heard behind closed doors but the couple will eventually make their statement public. According to some of the details that have been revealed, the document emphasizes the fact that Brown’s death was stemmed from police brutality – an ongoing epidemic that violates the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
As anyone who has been following the case is aware, Ferguson authorities have refused to acknowledge the accusations of “racial profiling” and “excessive force” in this case. This has led to social unrest and racial tension in the area that continues to draw media attention with no resolve in sight.
Brown’s grief stricken parents are demanding the immediate arrest of Darren Wilson, the officer who killed their son. In addition they are asking the U.N. panel to assist in ending the racially tinged climate of the Ferguson police force.
Of course the most devastating consequence of this hinges on the fact that despite having a black president in office, it will take a plea to the U.N. to garner justice for Michael Brown.