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Dad of 18-year-old shot by officer asks for peace


ST. LOUIS (AP) - The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a "day of silence" as he lays his son to rest Monday.

"Tomorrow all I want is peace," Michael Brown Sr. told hundreds of people in St. Louis' largest city park during brief remarks at a festival that promotes peace over violence. "That's all I ask."

The more than two weeks since Michael Brown's death have been marked by nightly protests, some violent and chaotic, although tensions have eased in recent days.

Brown Sr. told the crowd that he and his son's mother appreciate the love and support they've received from the community. The Rev. Al Sharpton, who will speak at the funeral, echoed his request for peace.

"We don't want anything tomorrow to happen that might defile the name of Michael Brown," Sharpton said. "This is not about our rage tomorrow. It's about the legacy and memory of his son."

Peace Fest 2014 was already in the works before Officer Darren Wilson shot Brown Aug. 9 in a St. Louis suburb, but it took on new resonance in the aftermath.

The parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin also spoke, urging the crowd to channel its anger into action by pushing to strengthen families and better educate youth and expressing support for the Brown family and the people of the St. Louis area.

"We're going to stand tall with you all," Trayvon's Martin's father, Tracy Martin, said.

Trayvon Martin, 17, was also unarmed when he was shot and killed in 2012. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who said he shot Martin in self-defense, was acquitted.

The nightly protests in Ferguson have been mostly peaceful in recent days, a contrast to images of police in riot gear firing tear gas canisters at angry protesters in the days after the Brown shooting. Tensions briefly flared then subsided late Saturday night and early Sunday.

Niesha Thomas, who attended Peace Fest, said she hopes the event marks "a new start" in which people put "irrelevant, unproductive" disputes behind them.

"This should be a pivotal point where we move forward," Thomas said.

But that might not be so easy. A grand jury has started considering evidence in the case and some local residents and officials have said they're concerned that a failure to return an indictment against Wilson could stoke new anger in the community.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon reiterated his support Sunday for sticking with St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch. Brown's parents and others in the community have expressed concerns that the office would not be impartial because of McCulloch's ties to law enforcement.

"He was elected overwhelmingly by the people a number of times. He's been through a lot," Nixon said on NBC's "Meet the Press." ''Certainly, with this level of attention, I think everyone will work hard to do their best work."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Nixon met privately later in the day with members of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, some of whom said they repeated calls for an indictment of Wilson and the removal of McCulloch from the case. Nixon would not provide specifics about what was discussed.

The federal government also has launched its own investigation into the shooting.

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dpalone39 August 24 2014 at 10:01 PM

Yeah sure, I'll light a candle for this thug, you people can't be serious!

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barbgre1 August 24 2014 at 10:02 PM

Getting his 15 minutes of fame.....because his son robbed a store and assaulted a cop.

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jltjt9 August 24 2014 at 11:13 PM

I feel bad for the father and mother. It seems obvious they did not want to learn of the true nature of their son. If they had, he would still be alive today.

But the hypocracy here is unfathonable in the hundreds of young men, boys and girls die each year at the hands of blacks killing other blacks and there is no outrage, riots or looting going on.

No Albert Sharpton or Jessy Jackson or black Panthers. Not even the President of the United states says a single word about them.

It appears that the value of a black child to the black community has little to no value in the black community unless he or she is killed by a white or hispanic person.

Now why is that?

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bigcatdaddy August 24 2014 at 10:11 PM

How about a day where no blacks commit crimes?

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James Holland August 24 2014 at 10:08 PM

Do you recall all the white riots and looting in Orange, TX in 2010, when an unarmed white war hero was shot & killed by a black cop? Neither do I.

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NYOB August 24 2014 at 10:15 PM

If these parents where there for these kids they wouldnt be thugs! Mike Brown would still be here if he didnt act like a animal and a thug!

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onetuffkitty NYOB August 24 2014 at 11:09 PM

NYOB.... These kids don't even know who their parents are, As a matter of fact the parents dont even know who the parents are.

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lesatlesa onetuffkitty August 25 2014 at 3:55 AM

Now how is that??? Mr & Mrs. Brown are a married couple. So how did Micheal Brown not know who his parents are???? Are you really that stupid???

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john NYOB August 24 2014 at 11:57 PM

give the cop a medal and have a parade for him he saved many people from a predator and many tac payers from having to support a thug in prison

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Dolly Piscopo August 24 2014 at 10:04 PM

He should of started his education by not becoming a criminal and a thug,,,,

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bigshadyobama August 24 2014 at 10:38 PM


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mmikebl bigshadyobama August 25 2014 at 12:52 AM

No one was murdered for "jaywalking". The 300 pound "gentle child" was shot because after assaulting a police officer, he was trying to attack the cop again.

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DT bigshadyobama August 25 2014 at 2:46 AM

I agree the racist pig should have been raised better.

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Jeff August 25 2014 at 12:41 AM

It is sad that the parents of Michael Brown Jr. have not accepted any responsibility for the fact that their son committed a crime. He robbed a store and then assaulted the clerk who tried to stop him. They are upset that the media would show the video tape of their son committing the crime and then coming back to assualt the clerk. No matter how the parents or the great race baiter Sharpton tries to spin it, the guy was a hoodlum. Did he deserve to be shot and killed? No. Just quite trying to convince everyone he was some outstanding citizen who was raised to know right from wrong.

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kazykd20 August 24 2014 at 10:15 PM

Jeeze, you know people, loss of life is sad, but AOL. REALLY... to open it up with "the father of a ""black"" 18y old" I’m mean really, REALLY! This is about a person, STOP WITH RACE FOR GOD SAKE! How about the father of an 18yr old PERIOD? WHY?? Last I checked were all immigrants in one way or another to this country of ours (USA)

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