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Julia Edwards
Monday, Aug 18, 2014


US Justice Dept to conduct independent autopsy of Missouri shooting victim

Reuters | Julia Edwards | Monday, Aug 18, 2014

Protesters assist a man who was overcome by smoke as police clear a street after the passing of a midnight curfew meant to stem ongoing demonstrations in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 17, 2014. Speculation is mounting that there was a police cover-up for the shooting incident.

WASHINGTON - US Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered the Justice Department to conduct an autopsy of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a spokesman said.

Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said Holder ordered the federal autopsy "due to the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family."

The autopsy, to be performed by a federal medical examiner, would be in addition to an autopsy by Missouri state medical examiners.

Fallon said federal investigators would take into account the results of the autopsy carried out by the state during their investigation into the shooting of Brown.

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