Ferguson shooting a tragedy, U.N. torture panel member says

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(CNN) — The events in Ferguson, Missouri, are a “tragedy,” but the United Nations Committee Against Torture “has to respect the decision” of the authorities not to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown, committee member Alessio Bruni said Friday.

Bruni made his comments at a news conference about the release of a committee report that is critical of racial profiling and excessive use of force by U.S. police. The report does not specifically mention the Ferguson case.

The report’s release comes about two weeks after Brown’s parents spoke to the committee in Geneva, Switzerland, in testimony behind closed doors. Though the talk was private, the delegation that organized their trip said the couple told the committee that Brown’s killing and force used by police officers during protests that followed the killing “represent violations of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.”

By Jason Hanna