United Nations Dismisses Michael Brown Case – Fiction!

United Nations Dismisses Michael Brown Case – Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

A United Nations committee dismissed a human rights case brought by the parents of Michael Brown, the teenager who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.


The Truth:

Michael Brown’s parents testified before a United Nations committee, but claims that the United Nations had dismissed the case are false.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said he was unable to comment on whether or not the grand jury’s decision not to indict former officer Darren Wilson conformed with international laws.

A spokesperson said the commissioner was “deeply concerned at the disproportionate number of young African-Americans who die in encounters with police officers, as well as the disproportionate number of African Americans in U.S. prisons and on death row.” 

According to the spokesperson, “High Commissioner urged the US authorities to conduct in-depth examinations into how race-related issues are affecting law enforcement and the administration of justice.”

Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. testified before the United Nations Committee Against Torture in November of 2014. During their testimony, McSpadden and Brown read from a prepared statement:

“The intimidation caused by the shooting of Michael Brown and the disrespect for his body was amplified by the impunity that followed. Officer Wilson has not been arrested, and public officials have shown a clear reluctance to actively pursue his prosecution.”

McSpadden and Brown said Wilson’s prosecution had raised questions about “bias in favor of the police.” They also called for Wilson’s arrest, political accountability for excessive force against protestors and an end to racial profiling.

The false report that the UN had “dismissed the Michael Brown case” was started by the National Report, a fake news website.

The article claimed that a so-called committee member named Dr. Amancio Dominguez said, “The sense of entitlement these people displayed is reprehensible.” However, Dominguez isn’t a member of the committee, and he appears to be fictional.