At the request of Michael Brown's family, Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered an autopsy on Michael's body to be performed by a federal medical examiner.
Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, announced via press release this morning that Attorney General Eric Holder has asked for the Justice Department to arrange for a federal medical examiner to perform an autopsy on the body of Michael Brown. Michael was the unarmed black 18-year-old shot and killed by white police officer, Darren Wilson, on August 9. The incident has spawned a week of protest in Ferguson, Missouri, the community where the shooting occurred.
ABC News is reporting that the attorney general asked for the second autopsy at the request of Michael Brown's family and because of the "extraordinary circumstances" involved in this case. The Justice Department investigators, who are conducting an independent investigation of the shooting, will be able to access both the federal autopsy and the one performed by local officials.
Mr. Fallon said the second autopsy will take place "as soon as possible".
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