King Center urges peace in responses to shooting

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ATLANTA (AP) _ The leader of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center is asking demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere to be peaceful in their response to the death of a man who was shot by a police officer.

Bernice King said in a statement Wednesday the organization discourages violence and other destructive acts as responses to the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in suburban St. Louis. Police and witnesses have given conflicting accounts of the shooting.

Some demonstrations since Brown’s death turned violent and led to businesses being looted and lit on fire.

King, daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., says demonstrators should channel their responses into constructive, nonviolent action. A group met for a town hall meeting on the shooting at the King Center in Atlanta on Wednesday.