Nelly Speaks at Site of Ferguson Unrest, Many in Crowd Unimpressed
St. Louis rapper Nelly made his way to Ferguson this week, arriving on Monday evening to address the crowds gathered there in protest of the August 9 shooting of Mike Brown. As he spoke, some members of the throng expressed outrage that he had not arrived on the scene sooner. When Nelly spoke of the protesters considering "other options," one member of the crowd expressed frustration. "You have options! You're rich!" It was one criticism out of many that would be lobbed that evening.
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Here are some tweets from the scene when Nelly first arrived.
Nelly then grabbed a bullhorn and addressed the assembly.
Nelly to #ferguson protestors: "We can't overreact." Says showing destruction is working backwards.— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) August 19, 2014
But some in the crowd were unhappy with how long it had taken Nelly to come down and weigh in on the issue, and they took offense....
Continue to page two for protesters' reactions.