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(CNN) – Thousands attended the funeral of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white police officer. And while it was a moving, emotional ceremony, one state senator says it was also a missed opportunity.
"Michael brown's death means so much to so many people. And what I have stated before, a lot of young people have felt intimidation. They have felt the pain and anger associated with harassment by officials, sometimes of which those are police officers," said State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-Missouri.
"We could have talked about young people having an opportunity to fight for their rights," Nadal said.
For more of our interview with State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, check out the video above.