Thousands Gather For Michael Brown’s Funeral Held In St. Louis

Michael Brown is laid to rest after being shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in a St. Louis, Mo. street on Aug. 9.

People are silhouetted against the sun as they wait in line to attend the funeral for Michael Brown at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri Joshua Lott / Reuters

The funeral for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer earlier this month, was held on Monday, Aug. 25, in St. Louis. Thousands attended, including Reverend Al Sharpton, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and filmmaker Spie Lee. Brown was shot and killed on a Ferguson, Mo., street by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Brown was unarmed.

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Sharpton calls for a solemn procession and asks for attendees to be respectful of Michael Brown’s family.

Attorney Ben Crump compares Michael Brown’s death to the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Emmit Till.

“You chase someone selling loosey cigarettes or walking in the middle of the street,” Sharpton said, referencing the recent death of Eric Garner. “There’s something crazy about that kind of policing.”

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Rev. Al Sharpton: “[Michael Brown] wants to be remembered as the one who made America deal with how we going to police in the United States.”

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Rev. Al Sharpton: “This young man should be doing his second week in college.”

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Attorney Ben Crump: “We declare here today…that he was not three-fifths of a citizen. He was an American citizen. And we will not accept three-fifths justice.”

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Pastor Charles Ewing, Michael Brown’s uncle: “Michael Brown’s blood is crying from the ground…crying for justice.”

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Reverend Jesse Jackson is in attendance at Michael Brown’s funeral.

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The program includes tributes from both the mother and father of #MichaelBrown

— Yamiche (@Yamiche Alcindor)

Brown’s cousin Eric Davis: Michael Brown told his family that “one day the world would know his name.”

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Visitors watching Michael Brown funeral in church gym, #Ferguson

— MrRJervis (@Rick Jervis)

Services open with a standing ovation for the Brown family.

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Michael Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden stands at her son’s casket.

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Michael Brown Sr. is wearing a tie with his son’s face.

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Mourners wait with their hands up to enter the church for Michael Brown’s funeral.

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