The mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot to death by a police officer during an altercation in Ferguson, Mo., is going to Geneva, Switzerland to address the United Nations on police brutality.
Never mind that the investigation into the incident is ongoing, and it has yet to be determined that Officer Darren Wilson is guilty of any such brutality.
In fact, according to The Washington Post, Justice Department investigators “have all but concluded they do not have a strong enough case to bring civil rights charges against Darren Wilson.”
Nevertheless, Lesley McSpadden will be in Switzerland next month to talk about her son and other victims of police brutality, according to Vice News.
McSpadden was in the news last week when she was involved in a physical altercation with other family members, including Brown’s grandmother, who were selling swag bearing his name from a parking lot.
“You can`t sell this shit,” McSpadden yelled, according to one eyewitness.
Police were called and a cousin was taken to the hospital, but there were no arrests.
The overseas trip, on Nov. 12 and 13, is being promoted under the tagline “Ferguson to Geneva,” and McSpadden will be joined by “one of the family’s lawyers and a handful of local activists and human rights advocates,” Vice reported.
The organizers have been raising funds to sponsor the trip, and are still short $11,000.
“It’s about taking the conversation to the global community in general,” organizer Charles Wade said of the trip. “It’s for us to show that now even the UN is interested in what’s happening in a real small city called Ferguson, and you should be interested as well.”
Vice News said there’s a more practical purpose to the delegation as well — to get the world’s eyes back on Ferguson. Of course, with a flurry of recent videos showing protesters harassing and verbally assaulting police, they may want to be careful about what they wish for.
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