Sharpton: Something is wrong, US needs to be fixed

The Rev. Al Sharpton, speaking at Michael Brown's funeral in St. Louis. (Pool, 2014 Getty Images)
The Rev. Al Sharpton, speaking at Michael Brown's funeral in St. Louis. (Pool, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/25 11:53 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton says the country needs to come to terms with the fact that something is wrong in America, in the wake of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Sharpton delivered the eulogy at Brown's funeral Monday in St. Louis. Brown was killed Aug. 9 in a confrontation with a police officer in nearby Ferguson.

Sharpton told thousands of mourners that something is wrong when money is provided to give military equipment to police, but there isn't enough money for public schools. He called Brown's death a seminal moment in the country.

Sharpton also said police officers who are wrong need to be dealt with.

A grand jury is deciding whether the officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, will face criminal charges. The Justice Department also is investigating.

 

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