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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.