Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Michael Brown's Parents to U.N. Torture Panel: You Can Save Lives

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The parents of Ferguson police-shooting victim Michael Brown were expected to attend another session of a United Nations panel on torture in Geneva on Wednesday, a day after they testified about their son's death. Lesley McFadden became emotional while speaking to the U.N. Committee Against Torture, while Michael Brown Sr. told the group that he wishes he could have put himself between his unarmed 18-year-old son and the white police officer who fatally shot him during an Aug. 9 confrontation in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri.

"Whatever the grand jury decides in Missouri will not bring Michael back," the father told U.N. panelists, according to NBC station KSDK. "We also understand that what you decide here may save lives."

The committee is meeting to review countries' compliance with the international Convention Against Torture, and the U.S. is the focus of two days of testimony. In a statement released by the White House, the National Security Council said the American delegation will underscore "that all U.S. personnel are legally prohibited under international and domestic law from engaging in torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment at all times, and in all places."

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