Michael Brown’s father calls for protests to stop on day of son’s funeral


Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, the parents of slain teenager Michael Brown, will bury their son Monday. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The father of a Missouri teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer this month has asked for protests in the St. Louis area to stop on the day of his son’s funeral, saying the family wants a day of quiet.

“I would like for no protesting going on,” Michael Brown Sr. said during an interview on a St. Louis radio station, according to a Buzzfeed report. “We just want a moment of silence that whole day. Just out of respect for our son.”

Brown, 18, was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 in Ferguson. An autopsy found that Brown, who was unarmed, was shot multiple times.

Since his death, crowds have gathered in the streets of the St. Louis suburb, and the protests have drawn a heavy police presence.

Funeral services for Brown are scheduled for Monday morning. The Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to speak, and three White House officials are set to be in attendance.

Sarah Larimer is a general assignment reporter for the Washington Post.

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