Attorney General Eric Holder favorably responded to Michael Brown’s parents’ request that the murdered teenager’s body be examined by federal authorities. Holder declared that the “extraordinary circumstances” in the case have prompted him to order a second autopsy by a federal medical examiner.
“Due to the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family, Attorney General Holder has instructed Justice Department officials to arrange for an additional autopsy to be performed by a federal medical examiner. This independent examination will take place as soon as possible,” Holder said in a statement.
Holder said that the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s office’s first autopsy report would be considered in the investigation. “Even after it is complete, Justice Department officials still plan to take the state-performed autopsy into account in the course of their investigation,” the statement said.
Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson is full of “extraordinary circumstances.” Police released a video that allegedly shows Brown stealing a box of cigarillos, hours later admitting that the officer who murdered the unarmed teenager did not know he was a suspect in the “robbery.”
Police initially refused to release the name of the murderer, but eventually did so–making sure to attempt to demonize the victim in the process. Police did not release any reports of the shooting along with their smear material–and no police video exists because Ferguson has not installed dash cameras in police cars or properly outfitted officers with body cameras.
We look forward to the results of the second autopsy.
h/t: Business Insider