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Michael Brown’s father wants investigation reopened

August 6, 2019
FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2015 file photo, Michael Brown Sr., speaks in Ferguson, Mo. The father of Michael Brown is asking St. Louis County's prosecutor to reopen the investigation of his son's death. Michael Brown Sr. plans to make the request at a news conference on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, the fifth anniversary of the fatal officer-involved shooting in the Missouri town. A St. Louis County grand jury announced in November 2014 it would not indict Wilson, who resigned as an officer days after that announcement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson File)
FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2015 file photo, Michael Brown Sr., speaks in Ferguson, Mo. The father of Michael Brown is asking St. Louis County's prosecutor to reopen the investigation of his son's death. Michael Brown Sr. plans to make the request at a news conference on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, the fifth anniversary of the fatal officer-involved shooting in the Missouri town. A St. Louis County grand jury announced in November 2014 it would not indict Wilson, who resigned as an officer days after that announcement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson File)

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The father of Michael Brown is seeking a new investigation of the white Ferguson police officer who fatally shot the black and unarmed teenager nearly five years ago.

Michael Brown Sr. says that on Friday, the anniversary of his son’s death, he will speak at a news conference in Clayton and urge St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell to reopen the case.

Officer Darren Wilson killed Brown on Aug. 9, 2014, during a street confrontation. Wilson claimed self-defense, saying Brown was coming at him menacingly moments after attacking the officer inside Wilson’s police SUV.

The shooting set off months of often-violent protests. Demonstrations escalated again in November 2014 when a grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson was announced. Wilson resigned that same month.