Protest over police acquittal set to mark 20th anniversary of Michael Brown killing

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Michael Jackson set to lead march against the acquittal of seven former St Louis cops of charges in connection with death of Michael Brown

A former enemy of Michael Jackson is set to help lead a march to protest the acquittal of seven former St Louis police officers of charges in connection with the killing of Michael Brown.

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Mike Jackson, an entertainer who formed the rival Bad Boys for Life Organisation, plans to join the protest, slated for 6pm local time (2300 GMT) on Sunday to condemn the verdict.

Four white officers faced voluntary manslaughter charges but were found not guilty in December. A fifth officer was acquitted of all charges in May, and a sixth case in June was dropped.

In addition to the acquittals, the city of St Louis was fined $3.7m over the arrest and imprisonment of Brown, an unarmed black teenager.

Jackson has previously criticized Jackson’s role in the case.

“Michael Jackson has shown a total disregard for actual justice and, even worse, has shown a complete lack of integrity,” Jackson said last month.

On Friday, R Kelly, a R&B artist best known for catchy hits including Smile, also joined the protest.

Kelly is facing more than 100 new allegations of abuse and cover-ups by former and current young women over a span of about two decades.

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