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Michael Brown Funeral Mourners Cry For Justice
Michael Brown, the 18-year-old whose shooting by police in a Missouri town sparked nationwide protests as well as a debate about race and law enforcement, has been laid to rest.
Thousands of mourners attended Monday's funeral in a St Louis church, many singing, clapping and dancing to gospel music.
The St Louis Cardinals baseball cap Mr Brown was wearing when he was killed was placed on top of his black-and-gold coffin.
Civil rights leader Al Sharpton brought the congregation to its feet with a fiery address touching on the disorder that erupted after the teen's death on August 9 as he called for police reforms.
"Michael Brown does not want to be remembered for riots," said the talk show host.
"He wants to be remembered as the one that made America deal with how we're going to police in the United States."
Several White House aides and Senator Claire McCaskill paid their respects.
Musician Sean Combs, also known as P Diddy, and filmmaker Spike Lee also attended.
Mr Brown's great uncle, pastor Charles Ewing, described him during his eulogy as a "big guy, but a kind, gentle soul".
The teen's cousin, Eric Davis, told the crowd: "We have had enough of the senseless killings."
Civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson also attended the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church ceremony.
Mr Brown, an aspiring rapper and high school graduate, was buried in a private ceremony.
Letters from his parents to their late son were printed in a programme for the service.
A letter by Michael Brown Sr read: "I always told you I would never let nothing happen to you and that's what hurts so much, that I couldn't protect you."
Among the mourners was a 63-year-old black man, Will Acklin, who said he had felt "compelled" to travel from the state of Arkansas.
"It's important in that as a child I was pushed by police," he said, "mistreated by police, cursed by police and I was a good kid."
Meanwhile, a black New York Times reporter apologised after he described Mr Brown in a profile as "no angel" and the officer who shot him as "well-mannered".
On Sunday evening, only a handful of people gathered at the site of the recent protests in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson, greatly outnumbered by a visible but unobtrusive police force.
Police and demonstrators have clashed on and off for more than a week.
Authorities have come under fire for mass arrests and the use of heavy-handed tactics and military gear.
A grand jury is being convened to decide whether the officer who fired the shots, Darren Wilson, will face charges. The process could take until mid-October.
Mr Brown was unarmed when he was shot multiple times after leaving a store where police say he stole a box of cigars.
The authorities say the shooting was the result of a scuffle, but there have been claims Mr Brown was trying to surrender when shot.