“We need answers and we need action. And 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.”
The above is an explanation of why the parents of slain teen Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., testified in front of the UN Committee Against Torture on Tuesday. They believe that their son’s death constitutes “cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment”–I agree. The manner in which not only Brown was murdered, but also how his corpse was displayed in the street for hours, is abhorrent.
It makes no difference if he had stolen cigars from a convenience store or not. Is petty thief reason enough to be shot down in cold blood? If so, there are many people of numerous backgrounds that qualify for the same punishment. Furthermore, the fact that his killer, Officer Darren Wilson, is still out on paid leave and being supported by thousands of people is sickening. It demonstrates where we are as a country and that the idea of a colorblind, post-racial society in which everyone receives equal treatment under the law is a farce.
I know all too well how justice in this nation is truly administered. When I was twelve years old, my cousin and I were treated unfairly by a police officer. We were home alone and witnessed a man attempting to enter the house; we immediately proceeded to call the police. When he finally arrived, he regarded us with suspicion and kept his hand on his baton, as if we were culprits harboring some malicious scheme to attack him.
My small story is one of many that I have heard throughout the years. It raises a pertinent question: If a police officer could behave in such a hostile manner toward two harmless preteen girls, imagine how he may act toward someone that actually appears “physically threatening”?
Hence, I wholeheartedly agree with the recommendation set forth by Brown’s parents which calls for “a nationwide investigation of systematic police brutality and harassment in black and brown communities, and youth in particular”. Furthermore, bringing this issue, which has been firmly embedded in American society for centuries, to the international stage, can only help address the problem and bring about real change.
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