ABOVE PHOTO: Lesley McSpadden, right, Michael Brown, Sr., left, parents of teenager Michael Brown who was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, and attorney Daryl Parks, center, speak during a press conference about the UN Committee Against Torture who convenes this week to evaluate the US government’s compliance with the Convention Against Torture, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)
FERGUSON, Mo. — The parents of Ferguson police shooting victim Michael Brown headed to Switzerland this week to speak at a United Nations human rights conference.
Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden addressed the 53rd Session of the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva on Nov. 12 and 13. A Saint Louis University law professor helped to organize the trip and to solicit online donations for the couple’s travel expenses.
They said the shooting death of their unarmed son by a white Ferguson police officer, and the way police treated protesters in the days after his killing, violated the U.N.’s anti-torture convention.
“We need the world to know what’s going on in Ferguson and um we need justice, we need answers and we need action,” Brown’s mother, Leslie McSpadden, said. “And we had to bring it to the UN so that they can expose it to the rest of the world, what’s going on in small town Ferguson.”
“We’re trying to ask for justice for our son,” Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., said. “We need Darren Wilson to be accountable for his actions.”
The trip comes as a St. Louis County grand jury prepares to conclude its inquiry into the Aug. 9 shooting death of Brown by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.
Family attorney Anthony Gray told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Brown’s parents plan to leave on Nov. 10.
CNN contributed to this report.