The parents of police shooting victim Michael Brown testified at the United Nations Tuesday.
Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden brought their emotion-filled grievances to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva, Switzerland. The Committee monitors "the prevention of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment," the site states.
"Whatever the grand jury decides, it will not bring Michael back. We also understand that what you decide here may save lives," Michael Brown Sr. said during the hearing, according to KDSK.com. "If I could have stood between Officer Wilson and his gun and my son, I would have, because no father wants to see his child dead in the streets," he continued.
Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, later told KDSK that "it feels good to know" that their issues are being heard, but that she will feel better when change is happening.
As part of a contingent known as #FergusontoGeneva, they also addressed 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.
In the meantime, a grand jury continues to deliberate on whether officer Darren Wilson should be arrested for killing Brown on Aug. 9.
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