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August 19th, 2014
06:49 PM ET

Brown family lawyer: The violence needs to stop

(CNN) – The chaos in Ferguson, Missouri, over the past ten days has at times tragically overshadowed the message.

This all started out as a movement demanding justice for 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed man who was shot and killed by police.

Brown's parents have said all along that in the quest for that justice, they also want peace. This morning Brown's mother called the violent clashes a "distraction."

"We have to remain focused, and we have to remain strong. And the violence needs to stop. When justice is prevailed there, maybe they'll regain their trust in the locals, but right now, it's really out of control," she told NBC.

"I join with her in her call for peace and calm, and to stop the violence as it is tarnishing the image and the legacy of Mike Brown, Jr.," said Anthony Gray, co-counsel for the Brown family.

To date, the police have not reached out to the Brown family, said Gray.

"The only person that I know that has reached out and said something to this family was Capt. Ron Johnson. He's bringing that unique, heartfelt feeling to this situation," said Gray. "I know of no other law enforcement authority other than the federal government that has done that."

Johnson was chosen by the state's governor to head up the new security operation late last week, and brought a measure of short-lived calm to demonstrations in Ferguson.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrives in Ferguson Wednesday as part of the federal investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown. He will be meeting with the Brown family, Gray said.

For more of our interview with attorney Anthony Gray, check out the video above.

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