Attorney General Holder Discusses Ongoing Investigation in Ferguson; Calls for an End to Violence
(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Monday that the federal investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. continues to be handled in an expeditious and complete manner.
"The full resources of the Department of Justice are being committed to our federal civil rights investigation into the death of Michael Brown," Holder said in a statement. "During the day today, more than 40 FBI agents continued their canvassing of the neighborhood where Michael Brown was shot."
Additionally, a federal autopsy was performed on Brown's body Monday by, "one of the most experienced medical examiners in the United States military," Holder noted. That autopsy was in addition to at least one other autopsy already completed by the county Medical Examiner.
Holder also noted his intention to visit Ferguson himself on Wednesday. During his trip, he plans to meet with FBI investigators and prosecutors from the Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
"I realize there is tremendous interest in the facts of the incident that led to Michael Brown's death," Holder said, calling for the, "public's patience as we conduct this investigation." The attorney general also urged both residents and law enforcement to, "begin the process of healing" by seeking, "an end to the acts of violence in the streets of Ferguson. Those who have been peacefully demonstrating should join with law enforcement in condemning the actions of looters and others seeking to enflame tensions."
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