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US Attorney General to Visit Missouri Town Following Teen's Death

Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri August 19, 2014.
Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri August 19, 2014.
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to be in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday, site of violent protests following the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

Holder is due to meet with community leaders, FBI investigators and federal civil rights officials to discuss the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9.  Holder has promised the people of Ferguson a "full, fair and independent" investigation into the shooting of Brown.

Also Wednesday, a grand jury investigating the shooting is expected to begin hearing evidence on the case.  The officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, was placed on leave and went into hiding, with Brown's family and supporters calling for his arrest.

This will follow another night of unrest in Ferguson, where 47 people were arrested after tensions rose briefly when a bottle was thrown at police. Police had ordered protesters to disperse when chaos fomented following peaceful demonstrations.

Despite the turmoil, the situation was more subdued than the previous night, when police arrested 78 people, including several journalists, and two of the protesters were apparently shot by other demonstrators. 

Ferguson, a suburb of the city of St. Louis populated mainly by blacks, has been hit by street protests punctuated by looting and clashes with police every night since Brown was killed.

At the time of his death, Brown was suspected of shoplifting and roughing up a storekeeper. Authorities, however, say the officer, Darren Wilson, did not know that Brown was a robbery suspect.

An independent autopsy requested by Brown's family showed he was shot six times, including twice in the head. A Brown family attorney said the teen was trying to surrender to police when he was shot. 

In a videotaped message Tuesday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said a "vigorous prosecution" must be pursued.  He called for justice for Brown's family.

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by: meanbill from: USA
August 20, 2014 12:58 PM
USING LOGIC... Would there have been any protests or riots if the racial identities of Brown, the18 year old man, and the police officer who shot him, had not been known?...

THE FACTS... Brown was a petty thief, bully, and criminal, that refused to obey police orders to comply, and assaulted the police officer, and threatened the police officer with bodily harm, and causing himself to be shot and killed?.. (NOW?).. It's the color of the skin of Brown and the police officer that's inflaming the protests and riots, (and truth be told), it's not for Justice they're protesting and rioting, (because no one knows the facts), but because Brown's skin color is the same as theirs, and the police officer skin isn't.... and any other illogical reason given, isn't true.... (That's my opinion, what's yours?)


by: Charles Hammond
August 20, 2014 10:18 AM
There are a lot of things wrong with this case. First there are 12 eye witnesses that agree with the police officers account of the incident. Second the family's autopsy was done by an unqualified person that has no credentials at all. Third all the shots entered the supposed victim from the front. Fourth the suspect in the case had just committed a robbery at a convenience store and was pushing people around in the store like a typical High School Bully. In the video he seems to tower over the people in the convenience store like a 61/2 foot pro wrestler with lots of muscle. I think this whole incident is a case a large mean black man who tried to take the gun away from the officer and kill him after the call came in over the radio with a description of the suspects. This time I think the police are the victims.

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