Hundreds converge on Ferguson to march for Michael Brown; UN adds its two cents, slams US over police brutality

Hundreds of people converged on Ferguson on Saturday to march for Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a white police officer three weeks ago to the day.

The 18-year-old’s death stoked national discourse about police tactics and race, which the rally’s organizers pledged to continue.

Led by Brown’s parents and other relatives, Saturday’s throng peacefully made their way down Canfield Drive in the St. Louis suburb to a makeshift memorial…

Related: UN committee on racism slams US over police brutality: The UN racism watchdog has urged the US to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a white policeman sparked riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.

‘Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing,’ Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.