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Parents of US teenager Michael Brown reject police apology

The parents of the unarmed black teenager gunned down by police in Ferguson in the US have rejected an apology by the city's top cop.

Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, said Darren Wilson, the white officer who fired the gun, should instead be arrested.

The 18-year-old's death sparked days of widespread rioting.

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Parents call for peace ahead of Michael Brown's funeral

The parents of the unarmed Missouri teen who was shot dead by a police officer have called for peace ahead of his funeral today.

Michael Brown's Sr has called for peace ahead of his son's funeral. Credit: Reuters

Thousands are expected to pay their respects to Michael Brown at a Baptist church in St. Louis, just a few miles from the spot where he was killed.

But Michael Brown Sr requested that there be no demonstrations on the day that they lay their son to rest.

He told the American network NBC News: "We need a moment of silence on our son. We need peace on his going-away."

Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden added that the hardest moment will be the end.

Both parents visited the funeral home Sunday afternoon for a private moment with their son.

McSpadden said."I looked at him. I talked to him. I touched him."

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