Sharpton said he wants Congress to stop programs that provide military-style weaponry to police departments. He said he expects police to “smear” the slain teenager, his family and his attorneys. He also condemned the recent violence and looting in Ferguson.

The protests have been going on since Brown’s death heightened racial tensions between the predominantly black community and the mostly white Ferguson Police Department, leading to several run-ins between police and protesters and prompting Missouri’s governor to put the state highway patrol in charge of security.

Ferguson police waited six days to publicly reveal the name of the officer and documents alleging Brown robbed a convenience store shortly before he was killed. Police Chief Thomas Jackson said the officer did not know Brown was a robbery suspect when he encountered him walking in the street with a friend.

Nixon said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that he was not aware the police were going to release surveillance video from the store where Brown is alleged to have stolen a $49 box of cigars.

“It’s appeared to cast aspersions on a young man that was gunned down in the street. It made emotions raw,” Nixon said.

Police have said little about the encounter between Brown and the officer, except to say that it involved a scuffle in which the officer was injured and Brown was shot. Witnesses say the teenager had his hands in the air as the officer fired multiple rounds.

“When you’re exhausted, when you’re out of resources, when you’re out of ammunition, you surrender,” Brown’s uncle, pastor Charles Ewing, told worshippers during a Sunday sermon at Jennings Mason Temple in Ferguson. “He surrendered and yet he died.”

The officer who shot Brown has been identified as Darren Wilson, a six-year police veteran who had no previous complaints against him. Wilson has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting, and the department has refused to say anything about his whereabouts. Associated Press reporters have been unable to contact him at any addresses or phone numbers listed under that name in the St. Louis area.

Also Sunday, about 150 people gathered in St. Louis to show support for Wilson. The crowd protested outside a TV station because it had broadcast from in front of the officer’s home.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said the station, KSDK, later apologized. Other in the group, composed mostly of police and relatives of officers, carried signs urging people to wait for all the facts.

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2 thoughts on “Ferguson Update: Rally Brings Town Together, Federal Autopsy Ordered

  1. ’’ Skepticism’’ Do not call me American If I can’t be treated well Because of my nature, But I do have a mind And I also have a heart They’re aware of the Same brightness as all. Do not call me citizen If I have to be botched. Indeed, my DNA is hot Because Missouri is still Still crying and burning. Quench then the fire, and The best will glow among us. The mine’s tag no. found In Savannah, and it belonged To the same anthem as all. Do not call me American If so on, and on! Do not call me Bo, as well, If my exertion can’t be branded Into the melting-pot, Because of my backdrop, and The mine’s shabby boots are still At the Museums where they’re Aware of the same color as all.

  2. Albert H on said:

    An Open Letter to St. Louis

    To The Local Government:

    What is our resolve, who do we turn to? How does one (any citizen) protect him/herself from the long arm of the law-legally? How does one obtain justice if a system of profiling is in place against us?

    Have we trained our officers to protect and serve or intimidate and destroy? When is a citizen allowed to physically protect him/herself when being attacked by a rouge police officer? Is our only option 100% compliance even if the result is our own death?

    My hands are up, I’m on my knees, I have fully surrendered myself to an individual in a police uniform that hates the color of my skin and the tone of my voice. What do I do if he or she fires a shot (during compliance) that hits or misses me?

    Am I allowed to run or simply surrender and die? At what point are we allowed to use common sense if we believe our lives are in danger and a rouge police officer is the perpetrator? What is my resolve? What is our resolve?

    To The Local People:
    What are our intentions? Are we out for blood or justice? Of course the goal is justice! Are we going to obtain justice by destroying local businesses and residential properties that are owned by local citizens and business owners, that had no hand in firing the fatal shot that killed Mr. Brown?

    What is our goal? Justice? Or are we ready to become the destroyers of the rights we ourselves expect to be upheld? “No justice No peace” does not mean violence, it means unity and no silence until our voices are heard and the answers to our questions without equivocation is justice!
    Justice for Mr. Brown, and justice for every black and brown face that is tired of pleading for justice! Tired of burying those gunned down due to violence and discrimination.

    Yes we are outraged! And honest answers will not bring back Mr. Brown, but honest answers will show us “the people” that the police department and officials don’t perceive us as looters and hoodlums looking for a fight. Yet, understand and acknowledge that we are respectable and productive citizens with the right to expect: justice, honesty and transparency!

    And the right to press the issue in our search for justice! What are our intentions? Are we out for blood or justice? Of course our goal is justice!
    But at what point does the tired voice yield to the hand, and at what point does the unheard become the sword?
    Let us all pray for justice!

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