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Families of Mike Brown, Rekia Boyd Reach Global Stage of Yearslong Human Rights Battle

Earlier this summer, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights worked with the families of Mike Brown and Rekia Boyd to file a merit brief with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The brief is the latest effort for accountability and justice for the Brown and Boyd families following their loved ones’ deaths at the hands of police.

Speaking with The Washington Informer, staff attorney Delia Addo-Yobo explained, “We hope that there would be some acknowledgment of wrongdoing from the U.S. government about what they’ve been doing with families. This petition is not just a legal document, it’s a political document. We want it to set a legal precedent in the international setting that different grassroots organizations can look to. The families have exhausted all of the remedies in the U.S., so this is a last resort.”