Feds will get new autopsy

Justice Department cites family's request and 'extraordinary circumstances'
Associated Press
Aug 17, 2014

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.

Baden to perform autopsy

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.



Here's an idea, whether you're white, black, yellow or green, when law enforcement tell you to do something, whether you like them or not, do it. Stop means stop, freeze means freeze, on the ground means on the ground...so on and so on....all of this could and would have been avoided if when the cop said stop, the kid stopped, not after a struggle arguing fighting or any other BS. Now we have total chaos which idiots think it gives them right to set things on fire, steal and loot. Yeah there is a huge mess out there but there is a right.way and a wrong way to go about solving it, and it's obvious they are going about it the wrong way, it's a shame if more people get hurt or even killed because of people acting like idiots.

yea right

How bout this. Cops know their place as cops and not a** holes and kill everyone they see. They want to kill have them go across the pond


How odd that "cops want to kill everyone they see." I run into the police all the time, and so far, I'm still breathing!

On the other hand, I don't rob convenience stores. I treat any officer who speaks to me with respect. I don't "rush" the officer. And I sure don't try to lay a hand on his service weapon!

yea right

Wake up. World does not revolve around you..


That goes for all of us . The world will still go on and on and on and on and on

The Big Dog's back

sam, you also are sitting in on the investigation? You sure get around. How do you find time to blog?


Apparently you don't watch the news.


I agree big dog. For somebody who is everywhere at once or no matter what is going been there done that.


I have been pulled over many times, matter of fact many many times, kinda crazy, but I do what they say and believe it or not, I've never been shot.


The opportunities I have had with the police have usually been ok. I was polite and they were too. Not very friendly, but polite. I did have one instance when I started to question his reason for pulling me over. He did get quite belligerent, so I shut up. State patrolmen near Toledo on turnpike.
Some can be quite enamored by their position.

yea right

Wow I've only been pulled over once since driving in 1979

yea right

wow no come back here..haha

The Big Dog's back

OK, here's the comeback. You're a moron. Is that better?

yea right

I just love when ppl like you get so jealous and mad. Hahaha


Lol. Not from me. Only this civil note. :-)


^so true

Stop It

Nah...Let 'em burn the whole neighborhood down. They don't care, why should anyone else? Just blockade 'em into a certain area so they can't get out.


yea because its theirs anyway the owners did'nt build it anyway..thinking about it that could have been obama years ago with bill ayers and the gang bang terrorist....
better start doing more investigations when its
BLACK on white,black,yellow,red,orange,pink or green KILLINGS but doj will not do that just like he did with the nbpp will they do blood work to see
if drugs were in play I don't think so...


fire them all


There are some people who are trying to voice their opinions, then there are a ton more just out there causing trouble and think because someone got killed, THEY deserve a free tv, stereo, jewelry, set things on fire. " yeah don't shoot me, my hands are in the air, I don't know how that flat screen and jewelry got in my stolen car, my hands are in the air "


Does the DOJ do autopsies on Native Americans killed by black officers? Or Orientals killed by white officers? Or maybe a white kid killed by a Hispanic officer? Why do we need to LABEL everything? What ever happened to just listening to what the officer tells you to do? When did parents stop teaching kids respect? If he was such a "good kid, gentle giant, going to college soon" , why didn't he just listen and do what he was told? Seems to me if he had an attitude problem and confronted the store clerk with aggression maybe he met the police officer with the same attitude and aggression.


All of you are missing the real issue here. This type of treatment has been going on for decades. Ferguson was a "sundown" town once upon a time. You got it way wrong lady. Blacks definitely teach their kids the proper way to interact with police....mostly out of fear for their kids' lives.... but the younger generation is just not having it. A lot of them refuse to submit to the type of treatment their parents or others have received.
Explain why it was necessary to shoot him six times with two of those to his head! Seems excessive to me.


Explain to me why he didn't get out of the road when told to? Explain to me why he was involved in a strong armed robbery? Explain to me why he shoved the officer into his cruiser and wrestled with him? Explain to me why he didn't just do what he was told? NO he was not taught the proper way to interact with police. When told to get out of the road just MOVE. Why walk down the middle of the road?

The Big Dog's back

If we could ask him we know. But guess what, the cop unloaded his gun into him and killed him.

just observing

The officer didn't empty his gun, most police handguns has a magazine of anywhere from 8 to 14 rounds, once again piddle knowing not of what he rants.


This video should be mandatory viewing for all young people and even some old ones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

Stop It

Good advice from Chris Rock.


Why should we have to pay for all the animals. Why bring the National Guard in. Let me kill each other. This is just giving them an excuse to cause trouble.


I hear there is a new video that was tweeted from a neighbor that could be damming evidence against the cop that shot brown. So before you comment make sure you have the whole information up to date.

just observing

Family autopsy report is in and reported, 6 wounds, all frontal, two in head, one near the top of the head. Results indicate that he wasn't running away from the officer and indicates he was approaching the officer, clear case of be careful what you ask for, you might not like the results for the family. When you consider the young man aggressive behavior in the convenience store minutes earlier, the officers statement of the young man charging him appears factual.