Sharpton: Police Must ID Police Shooter of Missouri Teen

Image: Sharpton: Police Must ID Police Shooter of Missouri Teen Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton speaks about the killing of teenager Michael Brown at a press conference held on the steps of the old courthouse on August 12, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 04:00 PM

 

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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.

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