The funeral of slain Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown was a celebration of his life, a search for meaning in his death and a battle cry to change policing in America.
The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered one of two eulogies during the service Monday, and he had sharp words for those who looted stores and clashed with police after the teenager was shot.
“You don’t understand that Michael Brown does not want to be remembered for a riot. He wants to be remembered as the one that made America deal with how we’re going to police in the United States.”
With a call to action, Sharpton criticized police who pointed rifles at peaceful protesters in Ferguson. “We have to leave here today and change this,” he said.
He urged mourners at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church to respect the Brown family’s wish for silence Monday. And when protests resume, Sharpton said “they’ve asked for it to be peaceful. If you can’t control yourself, then don’t do it in Michael’s name. Do it in your own name.”
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