Michael Brown’s parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., spoke before a United Nations committee in Geneva on Tuesday to urge the panel to “recommend the immediate arrest” of the police officer who shot their unarmed son, a CNN report explains.
They also told the committee to recommend that Ferguson, Mo., police officers put an end to “racial profiling and racially biased police harassment across the jurisdictions surrounding Ferguson.” Although their testimony was closed to the public and the press, McSpadden and Brown Sr. reportedly read from a prepared statement.
Before the speech, Brown’s parents spoke to CNN about their intentions in Geneva. “We need the world to know what’s going on in Ferguson and we need justice,” McSpadden told CNN in Geneva.
“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,” she continued.
They delivered their remarks to the United Nations Committee Against Torture—a collective that “works against cruel or degrading treatment or punishment by government authorities,” CNN explains.
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