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Michael Brown Sr. has released a statement encouraging all protesters and supporters to remain peaceful and take a moment of silence.

Read his statement below:

After the Grand Jury’s decision, we are asking for 4 1/2 minutes of silence to remember why we lift our voices. We are not here to be violent. We are here in memory of our son. We are here for protection of all children. We are here to support justice and equality for all people. We lift our voices to ensure black and brown men, women, and childen can live in this country without being devalued because of the color of our skin.

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