Rev Jesse Jackson speaks out on Ferguson death
18 August 2014 Last updated at 18:17 BST
Civil rights activist Rev Jesse Jackson has accused police of trying to "besmirch the reputation of Michael Brown", the unarmed teenager shot dead by a police officer on 9 August in Missouri.
The 18-year-old's death sparked a week of protests in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson.
Speaking to the BBC, Rev Jackson also suggested that black people in the United States were still disadvantaged in a great many ways.