Sharpton: Police must ID shooter of Missouri teen

Michael Brown, 18
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Civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton is calling on police to release the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed Missouri teenager while also pleading that protests remain peaceful.

Sharpton appeared Tuesday at a St. Louis news conference with the family of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was killed Saturday while walking on a street near his home in Ferguson. Witnesses have said the officer was white and Brown was black.

The shooting has led to looting, and clashes between police and protesters. The Ferguson police chief backed off plans earlier Tuesday to identify the officer because of death threats.

Sharpton described Brown as a "gentle giant." He says that to become violent because of his death is to betray his name.

President Barack Obama echoed the sentiment, saying that while Brown's death has prompted "strong passions," people should remember him Brown through "reflection and understanding." He also called on people to comfort each other "in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds."

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