WEST MEMPHIS , Ark. (AP) - The Reverend Al Sharpton urged the public to (quote) stand up for justice at a funeral service today for a twelve-year-old boy shot and killed by police last month.
Sharpton was among the more than two (th) thousand who packed the West Memphis Civic Auditorium to remember DeAuntae Farrow.
Farrow was shot the evening of June 22nd by a West Memphis police officer who said he believed the youth was holding a gun.
Police said the boy had a toy gun; the boy's family has said he had a bag of chips and a soda.
Sharpton was one of several at the service calling for justice while urging the community to remain calm.
Sharpton said Farrow's death should not be forgotten. Kirsten Foy of Sharpton's National Action Network urged angry community members not to turn to despair.
He said (quote) "the way to victory is not with hate." State police have said they will turn their findings over to the F-B-I so agents can decide whether to pursue a civil rights investigation.
The officer, whose name has not been released because of death threats, was placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Bill Sadler, a spokesman for the Arkansas State Police, said there is no deadline for the investigation.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson is expected to take part in a march in West Memphis on July 7.