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Nelly Joins Protesters In Ferguson, Urging Them To Strategize Peacefully [VIDEO]

Kaitlan Collins
Entertainment Reporter

Rapper and St. Louis native Nelly joined protesters in Ferguson, Mo., urging marchers to strategize peacefully, as tensions remain after Michael Brown was shot and killed by a local police officer Aug. 9.

Local Fox affiliate station, Fox 2 Now, posted a video of the Grammy-winning artist, who showed up Monday afternoon on stage wearing a #MikeBrown shirt and asking protesters to stay calm and “move away from stereotypes” by not reacting out of anger.

“You’re outnumbered, out-manned and outgunned. You are,” Nelly said.

Prior to going to Ferguson, Nelly told Billboard he had been in contact with Brown’s family.

“I’ve been in contact with the family of Mike Brown, and we started a Mike Brown Scholarship Fund in order to send kids to college because Mike did graduate from high school.”

Attorney General Eric Holder arrives in the Missouri city Wednesday to head the federal investigation, and a grand jury probe into the case begins. Over a dozen officers prevented protesters and gatherers from entering the courthouse in Clayton, a city about nine miles from Ferguson.

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Follow TheDC’s Seth Richardson, who is on the ground in Ferguson, for further updates.