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Federal autopsy ordered in Missouri teen's death

Ferguson Curfew Holds, DOJ Orders 2nd Michael Brown Autopsy


FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on the body of a black Missouri teenager whose fatal shooting by a white police officer has spurred a week of rancorous and sometimes violent protests in suburban St. Louis.

Department of Justice spokesman Brian Fallon cited a request by family members and the "extraordinary circumstances" surrounding the case of 18-year-old Michael Brown in explaining decision.

"This independent examination will take place as soon as possible," Fallon said in a statement. "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 Justice Department already had deepened its civil rights investigation of the shooting. Officials said a day earlier that 40 FBI agents were going door-to-door gathering information in the Ferguson, Missouri, neighborhood where an unarmed Brown was shot to death in the middle of the street on Aug. 9.

David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor who supervised the criminal civil rights section of Miami's U.S. Attorney's office, said a federally conducted autopsy "more closely focused on entry point of projectiles, defensive wounds and bruises" might help that investigation, and that the move is "not that unusual."

He also said federal authorities want to calm any public fears that no action will be taken on the case.

Holder's latest announcement followed the first night of a state-imposed curfew in Ferguson, which ended with tear gas and seven arrests after police dressed in riot gear used armored vehicles to disperse defiant protesters.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said protesters weren't the reason for the escalated police reaction early Sunday morning after the midnight curfew took effect, but a report of people who had broken into a barbecue restaurant and taken to the roof, and a man who flashed a handgun in the street as armored vehicles approached the crowd of protesters.

Also overnight, a man was shot and critically wounded in the same area, but not by police; authorities were searching for the shooter. Someone also shot at a police car, officials said.

The protests have been going on since Brown's death heightened racial tensions between the predominantly black community and mostly white Ferguson Police Department, leading to several run-ins between police and protesters and prompting Missouri's governor to put the Highway Patrol in charge of security.

Ferguson Police waited six days to publicly reveal the name of the officer and documents alleging Brown robbed a convenience store before he was killed, though Chief Thomas Jackson said the officer did not know Brown was a suspect when he encountered him walking in the street with a friend.

Gov. Jay Nixon, who imposed the curfew after declaring a state of emergency as protests turned violent to start the weekend, said Sunday morning on ABC's "This Week" that he was not aware the police were going to release surveillance video from the store where Brown is alleged to have stolen a $49 box of cigars.

"It's appeared to cast aspersions on a young man that was gunned down in the street. It made emotions raw," Nixon said.

In announcing the curfew, Nixon said many protesters were making themselves heard peacefully but the state would not allow looters to endanger the community. Johnson, the Highway Patrol captain, had said police would not enforce the curfew with armored trucks and tear gas and would communicate with protesters and give them ample opportunity to leave. Local officers faced strong criticism earlier in the week for their use of tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters.

As the curfew deadline arrived early Sunday, most protesters left the streets, but those who remained protesters refused to leave the area as officers spoke through a loudspeaker: "You are in violation of a state-imposed curfew. You must disperse immediately."

As officers put on gas masks, a chant from the distant crowd emerged: "We have the right to assemble peacefully."

A moment later, police began firing canisters into the crowd. Highway Patrol Spokesman Lt. John Hotz initially said police only used smoke, but later told The Associated Press they also used tear gas canisters.

Jackson, the Ferguson police chief, has identified the officer who shot Brown as Darren Wilson, a six-year police veteran who had no previous complaints against him. Wilson has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting and the department has refused to say anything about his whereabouts. Associated Press reporters have been unable to contact him at any addresses or phone numbers listed under that name in the St. Louis area.

Justice Department to Conduct Second Autopsy of Michael Brown

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Tim August 17 2014 at 5:03 PM

Jan 20, 2017..Cannot come fast enough.... The new senate and house when it turns republican and it will... they need to prosecute Holder

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fenwaypark9 August 17 2014 at 4:55 PM

Can a Dr. find the "THUG" gene in an autopsy.

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Al Horvath August 17 2014 at 4:52 PM

Knowing Holder, hopefully this is not an attempt to manufacture evidence to try to find the police officer guilty no matter what it takes.

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Michael August 17 2014 at 4:51 PM

And people want to know why this country is so divide it is because of your Black President and Black AG they only talk about cases that involed white on black or white cops on blacks. Mr Obama and Mr Holder why dont you go to the Chicago areas that are bing shot up and do something positive for those people

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plewdawg August 17 2014 at 4:49 PM

A bold step for you Eric. Now can we get you to investigate Benghazi, Fast and Furious and the IRS? NO?!......Oh they weren't black? Ok, I get it....Racist bastardo

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fenwaypark9 August 17 2014 at 4:57 PM



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elmok719 August 17 2014 at 4:54 PM

Holder if this were a white boy would you intervene?

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huffmans05 August 17 2014 at 4:54 PM

So how many autopsy's will Holder do?..................till they get a medical examiner to tell them what they want to hear ! ! !

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ds3520 August 17 2014 at 5:10 PM

How about a Federal investigation into the "extraordinary" circumstances surrounding the actions of an 18 year-old Black thug/thief, who robbed and accosted a store owner, prior to his encounter with a police officer?? Michael Brown was hardly the angelic little innocent on his way to college that the liberal media has depicted him! He was a hulking 6 footer, whose use of physical intimidation was very evident in the video of his robbery and and assault of the store owner. And now..........once again.......intimidation, this time of Federal Government officials, who feel pressured into bending over backwards to accommodate Black protesters, to stop the rioting. If this isn't the most outrageous thing! This joke of a jerk, Eric Holder, has brought disgrace upon the office the chef law enforcement officer of the country.

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fenwaypark9 August 17 2014 at 4:57 PM

More Hope & Change. A Thug who commits a strong armed robbery and attempts to take a gun away from a police officer gets SPECIAL treatment.

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