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Chris Brown says black teens like him need justice following death of Michael Brown
The rapper has spoken out after a police officer was cleared over the death of the teenager, sparking riots in the US.
Chris Brown has pleaded for justice for “young and “troubled” black people like him amid shock race riots in America.
Ferguson, Missouri has erupted into protest and violence after white police officer Darren Wilson was cleared over the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
Now, the 25-year-old rapper has joined his fellow stars and spoken out about the “f***** up” situation and insisted those in a position of authority and trust should be held “accountable” for their actions.
Alongside a picture of Brown on Instagram, Chris wrote: “I usually don’t say too much s*** on really sensitive subjects but this is beyond f***** up.
“We as a black community and me as a young black troubled individual need justice to be done. We also as black people need to find other more effective ways of protesting.
“We are strong and powerful and have come along way and its ashame that it feels like the 1950s and 60s. Just because u are given a badge and a gun doesn’t mean you are invincible and not accountable for your actions. May God be with us all. #justiceforMIKEBROWN (sic)”
St Louis county prosecutor, Bob McCulloch said “no probable cause existed” to press charges against Wilson.
Michael Brown’s family released a statement saying: “We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.”
The jury in Clayton, Missouri, ended weeks of deliberations by choosing not to charge officer Darren Wilson with the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Brown was shot by Wilson, 28, in August after the officer had asked the teenager and his friend to walk on the pavement.
The pair tried to flee after a struggle with police and Wilson fired at Brown six times, killing him.
Michael’s death in August led to weeks of street protests and accusations of heavy criticism of aggressive military-style tactics by police.
Protesters gathered outside the Ferguson Police Department and the county courthouse as the decision not to charge officer Darren Wilson was announced.
Authorities prepared a massive police presence to quash any violent protest.
President Barack Obama urged protesters to remain peaceful following the grand jury announcement, while Brown’s parents, ministers and community leaders asked for the same.
Chris – who is still on probation after assaulting Rihanna while they were dating – has had other problems with the law in the past, but recently said he hoped people would learn form his mistakes.
In a statement to Billboard in September, he said: “realize that what I do for a living opens my life to public scrutiny and that I have a responsibility to everyone because of that exposure. I can say that I am only human and I have made mistakes.
“I can say that I try to live my life in the most true, honest way that I can. I am not perfect, no one is.
“No one is harder on me than me. No one can please everyone. No one can live in the past and expect to grow. I have been moving forward and hope that I am not defined by just a few moments in my life but all of the moments that will make up my life.”