Michael Brown's parents are tired of waiting for the U.S. justice system to reach a verdict on their son's death.
The Ferguson, Missouri, family is traveling halfway around the world next week to demand the immediate arrest of Officer Darren Wilson, at a place usually reserved for charges against terrorists, despots and genocidal tyrants: The United Nations Committee Against Torture.
Protesters, activists, rapper Tef Poe and Brown's parents will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, next week to demand the UN bring 'justice' to their son's case and condemn the United States justice system. According to their website called Ferguson to Geneva:
Our 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.
St. Louis Public Radio reports that family attorney Anthony Gray confirmed that Brown’s parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., will go with a Saint Louis University Law professor Justin Hansford to plead their case. The law professor has written a 13-page complaint against the U.S. justice system specifically complaining about:
- Leaving Michael Brown's body in the middle of the street uncovered
- Too many white police officers in Ferguson
- Racial profiling
- Militarization of police departments
- Treatment of protesters
- All U.S. police departments
And calling for:
- Immediate arrest of Officer Darren Wilson
- Firing Police Commissioner
- Demanding an apology from Governor Jay Nixon for protester treatment
- A firm definition of use of force
- 'Front facing' cameras at all police departments
Not surprisingly, nothing in the complaint mentions culpability by Michael Brown in the clash and uses selective eyewitness accounts. The report refers to Officer Wilson as a 'killer' who 'remains at large' and who belongs to a police force that used 'indiscriminate' and 'disproportionate' responses to protesters.
Saint Louis University Law professor Justin Hansford says he hopes to get international attention to Michael Brown's case, even though President Obama already called out Ferguson cops for the shooting.
While he's there, he might want to ask the Chinese delegate about torture.
The family isn't waiting for the FBI's investigation of the shooting. Maybe the family has heard about the hackers' leaks from the Grand Jury report alleging there will be no indictment of Officer Wilson and they're simply getting in front of it.