Mourn­ers urge black Amer­i­cans to take ac­tion

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mourn­ers filled an enor­mous church to re­mem­ber Michael Brown — re­call­ing him as a “gen­tle gi­ant,” as­pir­ing rap­per and re­cent high school grad­u­ate on his way to a tech­ni­cal col­lege.

But the fu­neral that un­folded Mon­day was about much more than the black 18-year-old who lay in the closed cas­ket af­ter be­ing shot to death by a white po­lice of­fi­cer. The emo­tional ser­vice sought to con­se­crate Brown’s death as an­other in the long his­tory of the civil rights move­ment and im­plored black Amer­i­cans to change their protest chants into leg­is­la­tion and law.

“Show up at the vot­ing booths. Let your voices be heard, and let ev­ery­one know that we have had enough of all of this,” said Eric Davis, one of Brown’s cousins.

The Rev. Al Sharp­ton called for a move­ment to clean up po­lice forces and the com­mu­ni­ties they serve.

“We’re not anti-po­lice. We re­spect po­lice. But those po­lice that are wrong need to be dealt with just like those in our com­mu­nity that are wrong need to be dealt with,” Sharp­ton said.

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