The FBI took over the investigation Monday of a weekend shooting in which an officer here killed an unarmed 18-year-old.
The St. Louis County NAACP called for the FBI to investigate the death of Michael “Mike” Brown, who was shot multiple times Saturday after police say he was involved in a scuffle with an officer in Ferguson, Mo..
“It is our hope that this discussion will provide accurate and reliable information to be shared with the community,” Esther Haywood, president of the county’s NAACP, said in a statement. “Our expectation is to educate the public on the NAACP’s strategy toward justice for the Brown family and the community.”
The St. Louis County executive and Ferguson police chief also they welcomed FBI involvement. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon also said Monday that he requested an independent U.S. Department of Justice investigation.
“I ask St. Louis County residents to exercise patience and respect for their neighbors as federal authorities work to get to the bottom of what happened,” Nixon said in a statement.
Attorney General Eric Holder released a statement last night stating that the shooting deserves a full review. Holder’s comes on the heels of the Justice Department sending its Community Relations Service to the scene to try and help calm the area’s racial tension.
“The federal investigation will supplement, rather than supplant, the inquiry by local authorities. At every step, we will work with the local investigators, who should be prepared to complete a thorough, fair investigation in their own right,” Holder said.
“Aggressively pursuing investigations such as this is critical for preserving trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve,” Holder continued.