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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Police officer calls Ferguson protesters 'rabid dogs'

A Missouri police officer has been suspended for saying that protesters condemning the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer "should have been put down like a rabid dog," on Facebook.

Protesters in Ferguson were branded 'rabid dogs' by a police officer who has since been suspended. Credit: Reuters

According to Agence France Presse, Matthew Pappert wrote: "I'm sick of these protesters. You are a burden on society and a blight on the community. These protesters should have been put down like a rabid dog the first night."

The Glendale Police Department, in a statement, said it suspended Pappert upon learning about the posts on Friday.

It said: "The matter is being taken very seriously and a thorough internal investigation will be conducted to determine why the posts were made."

They added that Pappert's views were "absolutely" not shared by the Glendale police or city government.

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