Protests have been almost constant since Brown was shot and killed on Aug. 9

By Tara Fowler
Updated November 21, 2014 12:30 PM
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In a new video released Thursday, slain teenager Michael Brown’s father asks Ferguson residents to stay calm as they wait for a grand jury to decide whether or not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.

The video, released by STLForward.com, features Michael Brown Sr. thanking the Missouri town for its support, but also emphasizing that violent protests do not help anyone.

“Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer,” Brown Sr. said in the video.

He added: “No matter what the grand jury decides, I do not want my son’s death to be in vain. I want it to lead to incredible change, positive change. Change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone.” Watch the full video below:

Brown was shot and killed by Wilson on Aug. 9, inciting mass protests that led to hundreds of arrests.

A grand jury is currently reviewing the evidence against the police officer. There is no word yet on when a decision will be reached, though it is reportedly imminent.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Ferguson on Monday, activating the National Guard to support local law enforcement should there be “any period of unrest” following the grand jury’s decision.

Brown Sr. previously called for a day of silence in August so he could lay his son to rest in peace.

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