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Rapper Nelly hits streets of Ferguson to ask for calm

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Rapper Nelly hits streets of Ferguson to ask for calm

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Aug 19, 2014

Rapper Nelly, who is a native of St. Louis, grabbed a megaphone and took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday.

Nelly was dressed in a #MikeBrown T-shirt during his visit to Ferguson. He was joined by disc jockeys from local radio station HOT 104.1, according to CBS News, as he spoke to the crowd about the need for calm.

 


Many residents of Ferguson are upset after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9. According to witnesses, 18-year-old Michael Brown had his hands up at the time he was shot following a confrontation with police officer Darren Wilson.

At least 31 people were arrested Monday night and two people were shot. In addition, two buildings were set on fire.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who was brought in to hopefully end the conflict, says he believes that many of the people who are making trouble at night are not local residents.

He is asking for "peaceful protesters" to assemble during the day, so that the "criminals" at night can be separated from the group.

According to BET, Nelly reached out to Brown's family after the shooting. He has also established a scholarship in Brown's name.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to NowTrending.com.