The parents of 18-year-old African American Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, testified before a UN committee against torture Tuesday.
Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. joined a delegation that took the events surrounding their son’s killing to an international forum, listing several recommendations for the United Nations Committee Against Torture to help “end racial profiling and police brutality against people of color” in the United States.
The testimony was closed to the public, but among the recommendations in their written statement, Brown’s parents called for the immediate arrest of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who killed their son.
The statement also said the police force used against the Ferguson protests following Michael Brown’s death should prompt the Justice Department to “conduct a nationwide investigation of systematic police brutality and harassment in black and brown communities, and youth in particular.”
Speaking from Geneva, Switzerland, Brown’s mother told CNN on Wednesday that “we have to bring it to the U.N. so they can expose it to the rest of the world, what’s going on in small town Ferguson.”
Grand duty deliberations are expected later this November, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, on whether Wilson would be indicted for the Aug. 9 killing of Brown.