Rev Al. Sharpton calls for peace, supports family of Michael Brown

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The Reverend Al Sharpton stood with the family of Michael Brown Tuesday afternoon in St. Louis and spoke out against the violence in Fergurson and other parts of the area.

Sharpton came to town at the request of the family of the deceased 18-year-old.

"We did not come to divide the city, we came to bring the city under one accord," Sharpton said Tuesday.

Standing on the stairs of the Old Courthouse, Sharpton called for peace saying that the looting and violent behavior only dishonors the memory of Michael Brown.

"I know you're angry, I know that this is outrageous, but we can't be more outraged than his mom and dad and if they can hold their head dignity, so can you," Sharpton said.

Michael Brown's mother did not speak. His father only simply asked for "no violence."

Sharpton admonished those who called for justice and answers to respond without violence.  "If you want answers, throw your arms up, If you want justice, throw your arms up," he said.

Sharpton's National Action Network will pay for Brown's funeral.

Brown was shot by a Ferguson police officer at an apartment complex on Saturday.  The teen was unarmed.  A community of supporters is seeking justice in this case.  A vigil on Sunday turned to looting.  Area businesses were damaged in the process.

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  • Truth

    Don’t make this a race issue. First Michael Brown isn’t the first unarmed PERSON to be shot by an officer. Also not the first time an officer has abused authority. I know from personal experience. When I tried to get media attention no one listened. No one was shot in our situation but county police did act without probable cause. A family was targeted and threatened by county authorities. We know a man who was shot in the back by police and while media covered it initially the story didn’t get this much coverage or publicity. I won’t bring up color but take a guess which ethnic background these other two stories were. Regardless of ethnic background the police do make mistakes and abuse authority. I say they need to change policies. Like Aim to Maim! Not Shoot to Kill.

    • Bill

      BS!!!! If you draw your weapon you aim center mass and hope you don’t miss. Misses kill innocent bystanders and people far away from the scene can be hit. You’ve been watching too many Roy Rodgers western movies. Shooting the gun out of the suspects hand only happens in Hollywood .

    • Bob

      If the guy got into an immediate confrontation with the cop, the cop did not know the guy was unarmed. Don’t mess with cops.

    • The truth

      Your comment is awaiting moderation.

      The “New Century Foundation” studies Federal crime reports, and found significant differences in crime ratio between races, verified by the FBI’s NCVS, National Crime Victimization Survey, and The Department of Justice’s UCR, Uniform Crime Reports, FBI Communication’s Division, 304-625-4995.

      They state emphatically that the Judicial System is not biased against minorities.

      Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.

      Blacks are three times more likely to use a hand gun, and twice more likely to use a knife.

      Hispanics commit three times more violent crimes than whites, but the statistics are nebulous because sometimes they are classified as white, so it could be far higher.

      The best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percent of the population that is black and Hispanic.

      Blacks are 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against whites then vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit a robbery.

      Forty-five percent of black crime is against whites, 43 against other blacks, and 10 percent against Hispanic.

      Blacks are seven times more likely to go to prison, Hispanics three times, and the reason is clear, because from 1980 to 2003 the US incarceration rate has tripled….

  • Trixie B (@TrixieB3)

    From the time the riots and looting started the public lost sympathy, and it became a media circus, now it’s just worse. Most people won’t pay attention to this anymore, and will just shake their heads.

    • wake up

      you are right. it is no longer sympathy. it is verification of the black chaos society has to deal with. For now. After a bit more time, the tolerance will run out. we are headed back to segregation and it is no fault but the entire black community for not standing up for what is right and wrong. yet again there is silence from the black community about their poor behavior. only if they put as much effort into education and employment. they wouldn’t have time to riot.

      • Blast !

        Best comment ever. I agree 100%… Once the riots start it goes from a story about a teen getting killed to a story about out of control blacks. And we are about done dealing with out of control blacks.

      • pamrich

        The issue has changed to the same old, same old, instead of what really happened out there Saturday. We will probably never know the complete truth from either side. Thank God there are some of the people in the community calling for peace and calm. The other punks who have decided to vandalize, loot and riot ought to be punished for their behavior. I am so sorry for these people having to live with the death of their son. I want to try to help them and to pray for them. I don’t want to hear all the other worn-out speeches about no good education and no good jobs. The taxpayers have spent TRILLIONS of dollars on government programs and the have either been abused or not used. We can only offer the education and other opportunities, but if they aren’t used, what are we do to do about that? The behavior of some of these people is making the rest of society not want to mingle with the people in the community. Stop griping about what you don’t have and start looking at yourselves.

  • Jeff Ware

    It was already well known the Robin Williams had a history of substance abuse problems. The lesson should be that even famous people are still humans and are prone to many of the same difficulties that the rest of the public suffers through anonymously. Hopefully this will be yet another nudge for society to take these issues seriously instead of dismissing them as being something that only affects “losers”.

  • Bird

    Too bad none of them pilfered a belt as they could use it to hold up their pants!
    Especially the big fat guy toting a gun in the Quik Trip; out of shape piece of trash!

  • b

    I got 2 things to say, A. sharpton (no capital on purpose) is a pos no good NY race baiter provin and documented. B. Im in Mo(Stl and rural, and the whites I know are more armed than ever and MO laws are very diff than Cali, So if the rioters want it, theyl ##@# get it. Castle Doctrin Rules here, loaded guns allowed in MO people cars WITHOUT A PERMIT. Stick to stealing or you get shot. Just sayin no more BS this is MO NOT CALI. 1 million plus NRA and deer hunter.s. We been buying all amo since goofball got in as pres. Im not goin there but i know some who will. Better cool it THIEFS

  • b

    Hey and why when the daily shooting s in STL happin its usually black on black one unarmed, NOT A PEEP FROM YALL, NO al sharp, nothin but IMMEDIAT FAM, nothin else, your the real racist, go look in migo look in mirror to see the worst racist of all sharpton, go look in mirror in NY GET OUGHTA STL.

  • Printit

    Ok “Rev.” Sharpton. You have gotten your 5 minutes of fame with the networks now pack your little crucifix and holy water and head back HOME. Race baiter!

  • Confused

    As a foreword, I will tell you that I am a white male, but I do not see you as a black person, a Mexican, a white person, etc etc.. I see everyone as people. White, black, red, yellow, are simply descriptive words to me. No, I do not live in Ferguson, but I do live in St. Louis. I don’t see all the racism that everyone speaks of. Is it that concentrated that it only happens in one area? And honestly, if the cop happened to be black, would this same situations have arose? Sometimes I think black people are more racist than anyone else.

  • Ripped1x

    Hey Al raise your hands if you want justice for all the businesses that were looted by your kin folk.

    This sharpton is a POS if the people of Ferguson had an ounce of self respect you’d run that racebaiter out of town or have a public hanging.

  • Douglas Ruth

    Maybe our president will have the air force cargo planes drop whiskey and flat screen tv’s over St. Louis.

  • Nzingha

    Al Sharpton came to town to play the role, the power that be, pays him for. Go down there and keep them calm, and that is what he did. Instead of talking about coming together once in for all, to come up with solutions to deal with the police force continuning to shot down black men in cold blood. No solutions, Al has been on the scene for a long time, as we continue to see black men getting shot down. Face it black people, Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson do not have solution, never have and never will, why black people give them any creditability? As usual we leave our problem solving in the hand of those who cause the problems, he said we will go to the federal goverment for help, how many cases of police killing blacks, the federal government resolved in blacks best interest.

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