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Sharpton plans Mo. visit after Michael Brown shooting

Posted: Aug 10, 2014 5:03 PM by The Associated Press
Updated: Aug 10, 2014 7:36 PM

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FERGUSON (AP) - The Rev. Al Sharpton says the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old black man by a St. Louis-area police officer is "very disturbing," and the civil-rights leader is planning a visit to that suburb to make that known.

Sharpton tells The Associated Press that he's spoken with a grandfather of Michael Brown and plans to meet with the family in person Monday night or Tuesday in Ferguson.

That's where St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the shooting happened Saturday afternoon after an officer scuffled with one of two men. Brown was shot multiple times and died, though the investigation continues.

The shooting has drawn angry protests in Ferguson, and Sharpton cautions against anyone reacting to Brown's death with violence. But he says "obviously we want a fair investigation."

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