Saturday 16 December 2017

Hundreds fall silent in tribute to Ferguson victim Michael Brown

Michael Brown Sr speaks through a megaphone as he takes part in a parade in honour of his son in Ferguson (AP)
Michael Brown Sr speaks through a megaphone as he takes part in a parade in honour of his son in Ferguson (AP)
Michael Brown Sr, along with family and friends pray at a memorial to his son in Ferguson (AP)

Hundreds of people have observed four and a half minutes of silence to mark one year since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by a US police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

The silence began at 12.02pm, the time Mr Brown was killed, with the length of time symbolising the four and a half hours that the teenager's body lay in the street after he was killed.

Two doves were released at the end of the commemoration.

A march is also set to start at the site where Mr Brown, who was black and unarmed, was fatally shot by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson on August 9 2014.

A grand jury and the US Department of Justice declined to prosecute Mr Wilson, who resigned in November, over the incident. The shooting led to a national "Black Lives Matter" movement.

Press Association

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