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Rev. Jackson joins protest after Missouri shooting

Rev. Jesse Jackson links arms with Missouri protesters at site where teen shot by police
Posted on Aug. 15, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 15, 2014 at 8:48 p.m.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson has joined protesters marching in the streets of a St. Louis suburb following the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer.

Jackson linked arms with other protesters Friday evening as they walked through the streets to the site where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot last Saturday while walking in a street. The prominent civil rights activist bent over in front of a memorial cross and candles and let out a deep sigh.

He led the protesters in prayer and urged them to “turn pain into power” while fighting back non-violently without self-destructing.

Police and protesters clashed violently for four nights following the shooting but have remained peaceful since the state Highway Patrol took over security Thursday and pulled back armored vehicles.


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