Mourners gather for funeral of US teenager Michael Brown

Hundreds of people are gathering for the funeral of Michael Brown, the unarmed American teenager who was shot dead by police on 9th August.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, the teen's father called for calm, saying: "We need a moment of silence on our son. We need peace on his going-away."

Three White House officials will attend the service.

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Eric Holder recalls 'humiliation' over police incidents

US Attorney General Eric Holder sought to reassure the people of Ferguson about the inquiry into the shooting death of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Credit: Reuters

The attorney general remembered how he was stopped twice on a New Jersey highway and accused of speeding. Police searched his car, going through the boot and looking under the seats.

"I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me," Mr Holder said during a private meeting with about 50 community leaders at St Louis Community College.

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