The parents of an African American teenager Michael Brown who was shot dead by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, are seeking justice for their son at the United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Me and his mother have come to the UN to get redress for our son,” Michael Brown Sr. told a news conference after a session of the UN Committee on Torture which held a regular review of the US human rights record. “There couldn’t be a better place to do that.”
Press TV reports: At a private meeting with UN committee members on Tuesday, the Brown family asked the intergovernmental organization to put pressure on the US government over their son’s death.
Rights groups say the shooting death of Brown by police on August 9 is typical of what happens all over the country.
Brown’s death triggered weeks of protests and clashes between police and demonstrators in Ferguson.
Amnesty International released a statement last month, condemning the military tactics used to crush the protests in Ferguson.
The US military is preparing to deploy to Ferguson in anticipation of fresh unrest ahead of a grand jury decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson, the officer that killed Brown.
The National Guard in Missouri, a reserve component of the US military, could be called in if violence overwhelms local police departments, Governor Jay Nixon said Tuesday.
Some protest leaders have predicted more violence if Wilson is not indicted by the grand jury. Brown’s father said that he, too, foresees protests.