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Michael Brown's father urges calm in Ferguson

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The father of a man shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri, has appealed for calm ahead of a grand jury decision against the officer. Michael Brown Sr said "hurting others or destroying property it not the answer" in a video posted online. His son, 18, also called Michael, was killed by Officer Darren Wilson following an altercation on 9 August. There were more protests overnight and two people arrested as demonstrators gathered outside the police station. On Friday, US Attorney General Eric Holder urged police in the area to show restraint, providing new guidance on how to maintain public safety while protecting free speech rights. A St Louis County grand jury is currently weighing criminal charges against the officer involved in the shooting. No word has yet been given on when a decision will be announced. Meanwhile, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency in the area and called in 400 National Guard troops in anticipation of protests should charges not be filed in the case. The case has stoked racial tensions in the US, with many in the African American community calling for Mr Wilson to be charged with murder. The officer, meanwhile, has maintained he acted in self-defence. Initial protests in August turned violent as demonstrators clashed with local police using military-grade riot gear. Mr Holder has urged calm, saying "progress will not come easily, and long-simmering tensions will not be cooled overnight". "[But] the most successful and enduring movements for change are those that adhere to non-aggression and non-violence."