Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday that the Justice Department will be conducting its own investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown, the 18 year old who was shot by a police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.
The investigation will be conducted by the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, members of the St. Louis FBI field office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Holder said.
“At every step, we will work with the local investigators, who should be prepared to complete a thorough, fair investigation in their own right. I will continue to receive regular updates on this matter in the coming days,” Holder said.
The unnamed police officer involved has said that Brown, who was unarmed at the time of his death, attacked him but the shooting has created racial tension in the neighborhood where there was already distrust of the police. The population of the area is 70 percent black with a police force that is 90 percent white and police are perceived to be biased against the black residents.
The shooting has sparked three days of demonstrations leading to several outbreaks of violence and looting, including the burning of a gas station/convenience store leading to more than 30 arrests and accusations of police brutality. After a police helicopter was fired on by protesters on Tuesday the FFA imposed a no fly zone in the airspace over the area citing safety concerns.
Holder is hoping that the federal investigation which raises the possibility of civil rights charges against the officer will help to defuse the situation and restore order to the area.
“Everyone deserves a transparent understanding of what happened here,” said Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) who along with Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) had urged Holder to open the investigation.
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h/t: The Hill
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