Mourners at funeral of black teen in Ferguson call for peace, police reforms
Published on Aug 26, 2014 12:30 PM
ST. LOUIS (REUTERS) - Family and supporters of Michael Brown celebrated the life of the black teenager killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in a music-filled funeral service ringing with calls for peace and police reforms.
Brown's body lay in a black and gold casket at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, topped with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap he was wearing when he was shot dead on Aug 9.
People jammed inside the modern red-brick church and gathered outside on Dr Martin Luther King Drive in St. Louis for the celebration, a markedly different scene from the violent protests that rocked the suburb of Ferguson after the shooting of the unarmed 18-year-old Brown.
His death has focused global attention on the state of race relations in the United States. Police and demonstrators in Ferguson clashed nightly for more than a week, with authorities coming under fire for mass arrests and the use of heavy-handed tactics and military gear.
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