Michael Brown's Father Sends a Message to Ferguson Protesters

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By Cassandra Vinograd

The father of Michael Brown offered thanks — and a warning — to those honoring his slain son's memory across the country.

Michael Brown Sr. posted a message on Facebook late Monday to express gratitude for events over the weekend marking the one-year anniversary of his 18-year-old son's fatal shooting by a police officer in Missouri's town of Ferguson.

Michael Brown Sr. comforts his wife Cal Brown during a moment of silence at memorial service marking the anniversary of his son's death on Sunday.Scott Olson / Getty Images

His comments came as police in Ferguson made more than 100 arrests and authorities declared a state of emergency following protests over the unarmed teen's death.

Michael Brown Sr. — who led several memorial events over the weekend — said "meaningful, inspiring and successful" tributes had "properly honored" his son's memory.

"Our marches were all done very peacefully," he added. "So please be careful, mindful and protect yourselves from those who would like to see this be unsuccessful."

The warning appeared to be a reference to the violence that broke out on Sunday night and sparked the next 24-hours of protests and mass arrests.