Brown's parents call for calm Monday

FERGUSON, Mo. (KSDK) - Michael Brown's parents called for calm on the streets of Ferguson Monday, the day their son was laid to rest.

Traffic flowed freely and officers kept their distance on W. Florissant. There were no large marches, and no chanting. Instead, around 4:30 p.m. Monday, there were just two people, walking silently, with signs.

"We respect the family's wishes," said one protester, who declined to give his name. "But the public needs to know there cannot be any justice, there cannot be any peace without any action."

There was a little more action on Canfield Dive as a small group gathered at the spot where Mike Brown was shot and killed. Among them, was Metika Simpson, who says she saw the shooting happen.

"I have never, ever, ever in my life seen nothing like that before," said Simpson.

The shock from that experience has had Simpson coming back to the spot every day since. But Simpson, like most others gathered quietly at the memorial Monday, said they planned to grant the Brown family's request not to protest for the day.
"We have to show respect to the family. This is what they wanted, let's give them what they want," said former Ferguson resident Paula Jones.


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