Sharpton urges calm in wake of Brown shooting

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by Associated Press & KMOV.com staff

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Posted on August 12, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 13 at 12:06 PM

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Civil rights activist the Rev. Al Shaprton is calling on police to release the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed Missouri teenager while also pleading that protests remain peaceful.

Sharpton appeared Tuesday at a St. Louis news conference with the family of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was killed Saturday while walking on a street near his home in Ferguson. Witnesses have said the officer was white and Brown was black.

The shooting has led to looting, and clashes between police and protesters. The Ferguson police chief backed off plans earlier Tuesday to identify the officer because of death threats.

Sharpton described Brown as a "gentle giant." He says that to become violent because of his death is to betray his name.

Sharpton and others later spoke at a gathering at a church. At the gathering, speakers urged calm.

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