Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, wipes a tear as she stands by his casket at his the funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/New York Times, Richard Perry, Pool)
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Thousands of mourners filled a Baptist church here Monday for the funeral of a black teen whose killing by a white policeman ignited violent protests and debate on race and law enforcement in America.Civil rights leaders and celebrities joined family and friends to pay final respects to Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot dead in a fatal encounter with white police in Ferguson, Missouri, a St Louis suburb, on August 9 .The protests in Ferguson had subsided by Monday, but the debate over Brown's death and what it meant continued to rage.Just days shy of starting college, Brown was walking down the street after leaving a convenience store where police say he stole a box of cigars, when he was shot by white policeman Darren Wilson at least six times.At night, protests have erupted into vandalism, clashes with police and 60 arrests, but the intensity appeared to have waned by Monday's funeral.
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