In Video Message, Michael Brown Sr. Urges Calm Ahead of Grand Jury Announcement

Michael Brown Sr., father of fatally shot Michael Brown, attends the Peace Fest rally in St. Louis, Missouri

The father of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Mo., last summer, is urging supporters be calm ahead of an expected grand jury decision.

“My family and I are hurting. Our whole region is hurting. I thank you for lifting your voices to end racial profiling and police intimidation, but hurting others or destroying property is not the answer,” Michael Brown Sr. told supporters Thursday in a video message.

“No matter what the grand jury decides, I do not want my son’s death to be in vain. I want it to lead to incredible change –– positive change –– change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone,” he said.

A grand jury will hold what is expected to be its final session Friday on whether to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Brown, 18.

Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), who represents the area around the St. Louis suburb, appeared Thursday night on CNN to call on police and potential protesters to remain calm and “not let tensions rise to the point of violence.”

“My message to the community is that this is not over. Let us calm down [and continue] pushing toward serving justice,” he said.

He added that “all of the signs point to no indictment.”

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SOURCE: The Hill – Jesse Byrnes

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