Hundreds Gather For Michael Brown’s Funeral

michaelHundreds of people have attended the funeral for the black teenager killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

Michael Brown, 18, who was unarmed, was killed on August 9 after being stopped by a white police office for walking in the middle of the street.  His death sparked days of protests and violent clashes, but tensions appear to have eased in recent days.

Yesterday, long lines of mourners entered the Friendly Temple Baptist Church where the service was being held. The day before, Mr Brown’s father appealed for calm for the funeral.

“Tomorrow all I want is peace,” Michael Brown Snr told hundreds of people at a rally in St Louis on Sunday.

The mood outside the church had been peaceful and sombre, said BBC correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan who is in Ferguson.

“We don’t know the Brown family but our hearts empathise with them for their loss and the senseless violence,” one mourner told the BBC.

But there is still anger in Ferguson, which has a majority black population, after the shooting by white police officer, Darren Wilson — who is currently suspended on full pay.

“If Darren Wilson is not charged, there will be an uprising,” another mourner said. A grand jury panel of residents has begun hearing evidence in the case, though officials have not said when it will reach a decision.

BBC

 

 

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