Brown funeral calls for peace and prayer

The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at the funeral for 18-year-old Michael Brown at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)
The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at the funeral for 18-year-old Michael Brown at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of the mourners at today’s funeral for Michael Brown says she went there to “pray for the family and pray for peace.” Angela Pierce, a black woman, says she hopes the funeral turns a page and eases tensions. But most important, she says, she hopes it provides healing for Brown’s family.

As people filed into a church sanctuary in St. Louis, poster-sized photos of Brown were on display near the casket, along with another photo of him as a small child.

Brown’s father has asked for a break in the protests that followed the fatal shooting of the black 18-year-old by a white police officer. This morning, it appeared that his request was being honored. At the Ferguson Police Department, where a small but steady group of protesters has stood vigil for two weeks, a handmade sign announced a “break for funeral.”

Among those attending the funeral was Will Acklin, a black man from Little Rock, Arkansas. He says that as a child, he was “pushed by police, mistreated by police, cursed by police” — even though he was a “good kid.” He says he felt “compelled” to attend today’s funeral and to show his respects.

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