Sharpton plans Mo. visit in deadly shooting's wake

Aug 11, 2014

Credit David Shankbone, 2007

The Reverend 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 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, Missouri.

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."