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Michael Brown’s father asks protesters to postpone traffic shutdown

FERGUSON, Mo. — The father of the unarmed black teen who was shot and killed by a white police officer last month asked protest organizers on Monday to postpone their planned shutdown of highway traffic in the St. Louis area.

At a march in Ferguson on Saturday, organizers called on their supporters to shut down area highways on Labor Day to protest the killing of Michael Brown, 18, urging motorists to stop their vehicles at 4:30 p.m. in a four-minute blockade.

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Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., asked that the action be called off after meeting with organizers and state law enforcement officials. Most adhered to his request.

No arrests were made, said Mike O’Connell, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

The organizer, Eric E. Vickers, chief of staff for state Senator Jamilah Nasheed, sent e-mails Monday announcing that a shutdown of Interstate 70 was planned for Sept. 10, and was necessary to persuade Governor Jay Nixon to remove the St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert P. McCulloch, from the case and appoint a special prosecutor.

Vickers and other St. Louis activists have repeatedly used the threat of a traffic shutdown as a protest tactic in recent years.

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