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Parents Of Michael Brown To Speak Before U.N. Committee In Geneva

Michael Brown's parents, Michael Brown, Sr. (far left) and Lesley McSpadden (center) at a rally in August 2014.
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The parents of Michael Brown plan to travel to Geneva next week with human rights attorneys and Ferguson activists.

The group plans to speak to the United Nations Committee Against Torture and formally present a brief under the U.N. convention against inhumane treatment.

Saint Louis University Law professor Justin Hansford co-wrote the brief. He said they are hoping for a global movement against excessive force by law enforcement and international recognition that police violated human rights in their interactions with protesters.

“We cross our fingers that it’ll be something that will influence decision-makers to take a more peaceful, more preventative approach as opposed to a more militarized approach to responding to peaceful protests. So it could save some lives,” Hansford said. He added that the issue is especially important right now because more protests are expected when the grand jury announces whether it will indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

Family attorney Anthony Gray confirmed that Brown’s parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., are going to Geneva. Details of the trip are outlined on the website Ferguson to Geneva.

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