Funeral Set For Unarmed Teenager Killed In Ferguson

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The family of the unarmed black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri lays him to rest later this morning.

And the father of Michael Brown is asking protesters to take a break today, so that the family can grieve.

The funeral will be held in St. Louis. President Barack Obama is sending three White House aides, and Gov. Jay Nixon said he will attend.

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Police records show that 163 arrests have been made in the Ferguson protest zone since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but just seven are residents of the St. Louis suburb.

Brown was killed Aug. 9 by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, spurring widespread protests, along with some rioting and looting.

St. Louis County spokeswoman Candace Jarrett provided information to The Associated Press on Thursday with the name, address and birth year of each person arrested, and the charges against them.

It shows that 128 people have been arrested for failure to disperse, 21 for burglary-related charges, four for assaulting police officers. Others were charged with crimes such as trespassing, peace disturbance and destruction of private property.

The oldest person arrested was born in 1948.

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(NBC News) Calm prevailed overnight in Ferguson, Missouri.

Protesters still took to the streets, but the violent clashes with police that marred previous marches was absent.

Still, there were a few tense moments and dozens of arrests.

Afterward, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson praised protest leaders.

"Tonight the elders in this community, volunteers, activist, clergy walked and talked with people and urged common peace," he noted.

For the first time in more than a week there was no tear gas and no chaos.

Attorney General Eric Holder plans to speak with community leaders, federal agents and prosecutors when he visits Ferguson later Wednesday.

He's promised the "full resources" of his office during a "fair and independent" civil rights investigation



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A pathologist hired by the family of an unarmed Missouri teenager fatally shot by police says a bullet wound to his arm may have happened when he put his hands up, "but we don't know."

Forensic pathologist Shawn Parcells said Monday that an independent autopsy shows 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.

Parcells says a graze wound on Brown's right arm could have occurred in several ways. He says the teen may have had his back to the shooter, or he could have been facing the shooter with his hands above his head or in a defensive position.

Brown was fatally shot by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, touching off a week of rancorous protests in the St. Louis suburb.

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The Rev. Al Sharpton called the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in suburban St. Louis a "defining moment for this country."

Sharpton spoke Sunday at a rally in Ferguson, where days of protest have ended with almost nightly confrontations between police and protesters.

Sharpton says he wants Congress to stop programs that provide military-style weaponry to police departments. He says he expects police to "smear" the slain teenager, his family and his attorneys.

He also condemned the recent spate of violence and looting in Ferguson.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Saturday in a St. Louis suburb where police and protesters have clashed in the week since a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer.

Nixon said that though many protesters were making themselves heard peacefully, the state would not allow looters to endanger the community where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot in a street. The curfew will run from midnight to 5 a.m. Sunday.

"I am committed to making sure the forces of peace and justice prevail," Nixon during at a press conference at a church that was interrupted repeatedly by people objecting to the curfew and demanding that the officer who shot Brown be charged with murder.

"We must first have and maintain peace. This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching," Nixon said. "We cannot allow the ill will of the few to undermine the good will of the many."

Nixon's curfew announcement came after tensions again flared in Ferguson late Friday night. Earlier that day, local police identified the officer who shot Brown as Darren Wilson and released documents and video footage alleging that Brown had robbed a convenience store just before he was shot. Police said Wilson was unaware Brown was a suspect when he encountered him walking in the street with a friend.

Nixon said the U.S. Department of Justice is beefing up its civil rights investigation of the shooting.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is in charge of security in Ferguson, said 40 FBI agents were going door-to-door in the neighborhood starting Saturday, talking to people who might have seen or have information about the shooting.

Johnson assured those at the news conference that police would not enforce the curfew with armored trucks and tear gas but would communicate with protesters and give them ample opportunity to leave. Nixon and Johnson were flanked by numerous local elected officials, including U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr., who urged Johnson to be flexible with the midnight curfew.

But they were interrupted repeatedly.

"Why is the focus on security and not getting justice? Why is there not an arrest?" one women yelled.

Among the many people shouting questions was Malik Shabazz, the president of Black Lawyers for Justice, who said that members of his group and the New Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam had been helping to maintain order and deter protesters from violence.

"It seems to be a tight curfew line that could be a prescription for confrontation," said Shabazz, who asked unsuccessfully that the curfew's start be delayed by an hour.

Brown's death had already ignited several days of clashes with furious protesters. Tensions eased Thursday after Nixon turned oversight of the protests over to the Missouri Highway Patrol. Gone were the police in riot gear and armored vehicles, replaced by the new patrol commander who personally walked through the streets with demonstrators. But Friday night marked a resurgence of unrest.

On Saturday, some residents said it appeared the violent acts were being committed by people who came from other suburbs or states.

"Who would burn down their own backyard?" asked Rebecca McCloud, a local who works with the Sonshine Baptist Church in St. Louis. "These people aren't from here. They came to burn down our city and leave."

On Friday night, Greg Thomas didn't see the familiar faces of protesters who have taken to the streets each night this week. Instead, he saw new people, younger, more eager for a confrontation with police. The 28-year-old former Marine said he left as quickly as he could when he heard people talking about getting their handguns.

"There's three agendas out there," Thomas said. "People who want to party, people who want to be martyrs and get killed by police, and the people here to protest."

Local officers faced strong criticism earlier in the week for their use of tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters. Johnson said one tear gas canister was deployed Friday night after the group of rioters became unruly and several officers got trapped and injured.

Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, is a six-year police veteran who had no previous complaints against him, the local police chief has said.

The Ferguson Police Department has refused to say anything about Wilson's whereabouts, and Associated Press reporters were unable to contact him at any addresses or phone numbers listed under that name in the St. Louis area.

Wilson has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said it could be weeks before the investigation wraps up.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley asked Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster on Friday to take over the case, saying he did not believe McCulloch could be objective. Koster said Missouri law does not allow it unless McCulloch opts out, and McCulloch spokesman Ed Magee said the prosecutor has no plans to surrender the case.



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Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson's commanding presence has captured international public attention.

But when it comes to keeping the peace in the St. Louis suburb where a white police officer shot an unarmed black teen to death, Johnson knows that his neighbors' opinions matter most.

The 27-year patrol veteran grew up down the road from the neighborhood where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed. He was placed in charge of Ferguson security after Gov. Jay Nixon revoked county police oversight.

The barrel-chested Johnson is a former high school football player who looks the part. Yet his approach in Ferguson has been one of compassion rather than intimidation.

Protesters and politicians credit him with almost entirely defusing nightly violence marked by angry encounters between protesters and police.

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The police chief in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police says the officer didn't know the teen was a robbery suspect at the time of the shooting.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson earlier Friday released documents alleging 18-year-old Michael Brown had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed.

During an afternoon news conference Jackson said the robbery "was not related to the initial contact" between the officer and Brown on Saturday.

He declined to elaborate as to why the officer stopped Brown and his friend, citing the ongoing investigation into the shooting.

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Police in Ferguson have revealed the name of the six-year veteran accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in the St. Louis suburb.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Friday the officer's name is Darren Wilson.

Jackson said earlier this week he wasn't naming the officer due to death threats.

Police have said 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot Saturday after an officer encountered him and another man on the street. They say one of the men pushed the officer into his car, then physically assaulted him and struggled with the officer over the officer's weapon. At least one shot was fired inside the car. The struggle then spilled onto the street, where Brown was shot multiple times.

Witnesses say the officer fired on Brown as he ran away.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the Missouri State Highway Patrol will take over the supervision of security in the St. Louis suburb that's been the scene of violent protests since a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager.

Nixon made the announcement at a news conference Thursday.

Nixon says security will be overseen by Capt. Ron Johnson of the Highway Patrol. Johnson, who is black, said he grew up in the community and "it means a lot to me personally that we break this cycle of violence."

Crowds have gathered in Ferguson since Saturday's shooting of Michael Brown to protest the 18-year-old's death.

Police defended the use of tear gas and smoke bombs to repel demonstrators after another night of chaos. But the police response has drawn heavy criticism.

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President Barack Obama says there is no excuse for the use of excessive force by police in the tense aftermath of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and no excuse for violence against the police.

In brief remarks near his vacation spot in Martha's Vineyard, Obama said he wants an open and transparent investigation of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, so that justice is done.

He also said police shouldn't be arresting and bullying journalists who are doing their jobs. Two reporters were taken into custody and briefly jailed Wednesday evening in the St. Louis suburb.

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(NBC News) Police in Ferguson, Missouri abruptly backed off plans Tuesday to release the identity of the officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager over the weekend.

The shooting sparked three days of sometimes violent protests.

"We just don't think it's safe right now," Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said. "It's a minority of people that are making the threats, but we think right now some may be credible, so we are going to delay that information"

The chief's decision didn't set well with the family of victim Michael Brown, Jr., but they again called for calm at a rally Tuesday afternoon.

"I need all of us to come together and do this right, the right way. The right way so we can get something done about this, no violence!" said Michael Brown, Sr.

The plea followed a second straight night of unrest. On Monday night officers in riot gear lobbed tear gas at crowds angered by Brown's death and more than dozen people were arrested.


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