St. Louis native celebrities address crowds in Ferguson

St. Louis native celebrities address crowds in Ferguson

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Rapper Nelly attends the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET)

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by Ruella Rouf / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 19 at 4:00 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Two St. Louis native celebrities made an appearance in Ferguson Monday. Rapper Nelly came with an important message which he addressed to demonstrators. Cedric the Entertainer addressed the slow release of information regarding the shooting investigation.

Nelly stressed the importance of channeling feelings of anger into something positive. For Nelly, the deadly police shooting of Michael Brown feels personal. The Grammy Award winning artist spoke to demonstrators about Brown’s character and goals.

“He was a high school graduate. He did want to go on to school. I talked to them about creating a Mike Brown Scholarship and sending kids to school,” said Nelly. He added that he knows friends, family, entertainers, and athletes who are willing to give a helping hand in creating that scholarship. “We can send kids to school from that area, to let them know that they have a choice.” Nelly also encouraged protesters to honor Brown peacefully and not feed into stereotypes.

Cedric the Entertainer addressed the investigation.

“Right now it feels as though the young man had no weapon. He was shot six times and the officer is being protected by other officers. So it feels as though this is what the outcry is all about. It’s all about the justice of what the appearance is and where the person is right now. Why hasn’t this person been charged or brought in for questioning?” said the actor. 

The progress of the investigation may make a turn this week. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said he will convene a grand jury in a matter of days. The grand jury will then determine whether there is enough information to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

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