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Parents of Michael Brown Scheduled to Speak at UN Conference

Parents of Michael Brown Scheduled to Speak at UN Conference

The parents of Michael Brown will be speaking at the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva on Nov. 12 and 13.

Published November 5, 2014

The family of police shooting victim Michael Brown will take their grievances about their son's death to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva, Switzerland, on Nov. 12 and 13. 

Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden are part of a contingent known as #FergusontoGeneva, who are scheduled to speak at the human rights conference. The group will also address the "excessive use of force by police officers on peaceful protesters in the weeks following Brown’s killing," according to a report submitted to the U.N., on behalf of the parents.

The United Nations Human Rights Network sponsored travel and accommodations for both of Michael Brown's parents. The group is still collecting donations to send remaining individuals to Switzerland, according to the site. 

In the meantime, a grand jury continues to deliberate on whether officer Darren Wilson should be arrested for killing Brown on Aug. 9.

Also, young Chicago activists known as We Charge Genocide will be presenting a report, at the United Nations conference, on police misconduct and abuse targeting young Black and brown people. This came as a fellow activist Dominique "Damo" Franklin died in a coma after police hit him with a stun gun and he fell into a light pole, head first.

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(Photo: AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Written by Natelege Whaley

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