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.