The father of slain Missouri teenager Michael Brown Jr. traveled to Geneva with family and a legal team to seek justice in his son’s killing in Ferguson. The group traveled to the United Nations and addressed a committee in hopes that some traction can be gained in the explosive case.
On Wednesday, Michael Brown Sr. and mother Lesley McSpadden issued a statement via their attorney, Darryl Parks. The family explained in detail their reasoning for traveling to the U.N. at a news conference on Wednesday.
“Me and his mother have come to the U.N. to get redress for our son,” Brown Sr. told a news conference after a session of the U.N. Committee on Torture which held a regular review of the U.S. record. “There couldn’t be a better place to do that.”
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said on Tuesday the National Guard would be on standby in case of violence after a grand jury decides whether or not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting in Ferguson.
“The Brown family continue to call for non-violence. They continue to feel the Grand Jury will do the right thing,” Parks told reporters in Geneva.
The Browns had a private meeting with committee members on Tuesday at which they asked for continued U.N. pressure on the United States government over the affair, which one U.S. rights group said was typical of what happened all over the country.
The Brown family also added that it hopes the citizens of Ferguson and surrounding areas respond nonviolently to whatever transpires in the grand jury decision over officer Darren Wilson.
St. Louis rapper Tef Poe was also part of the group that traveled to Geneva.
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