FERGUSON, Mo. - Attorney General Eric Holder has arrived in St. Louis and will travel to Ferguson, Mo. Wednesday in reference to the investigation of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
Holder is expected to meet with Ferguson community officials in early afternoon.
Holder will later meet with the FBI. Sunday, Holder called for a federal autopsy of Michael Brown. Previously, the St. Louis County medical examiner as well as anindependent autopsy by Brown’s family have been completed.
Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown August 9. According to the preliminary findings of the independent autopsy, Brown was shot at least six times with one fatal shot to the top of his head.
The FBI is conducting an investigation to look at civil rights violations in the shooting as well as help local enforcement in the shooting investigation. Saturday, 40 FBI agents were deployed to help canvass the neighborhood where Brown was shot.
Early Monday morning, Mo. Governor Jay Nixon activated the Missouri National Guardto help with the security of Ferguson. Sunday night, the second night of a curfew, protesters turned violent with gunshots and tear gas being thrown in the area to disperse crowds.
President Obama said that he hoped the guard is used in a limited and appropriate way in Ferguson, and said he would be watching over the next several days to ensure that the guard is helping rather than hindering progress.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon won’t remove the controversial county prosecutor from the investigation of the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Nixon said Tuesday — although he was quick to point out how easy it would be for the prosecutor to step aside.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and other community leaders have called for the state to remove County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, whose “past has been suspect to the African-American community, quite frankly,”Dooley said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Nixon said in a statement that while he wasn’t asking McCulloch to stand aside, “there is a well-established process by which prosecutors can recuse themselves — a process Nixon said he didn’t want to veer from “and potentially jeopardize the prosecution.”
McCulloch has no intention of stepping aside, his spokesman said Tuesday, and a county grand jury isscheduled to begin hearing evidence in the case Wednesday. Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Brown’s family, said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell” that “I know the family’s concerned about the grand jury process” and would like a special prosecutor to take over.
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Michael Brown’s parents said on the “Today” show Tuesday that the arrest and prosecution of the officer who fatally shot their son is the only thing that can bring peace to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. “Justice will bring peace, I believe,” Lesley McSpadden said of unrest in the St. Louis suburb, hours after fresh clashes led to at least 31 arrests. “The violence needs to stop,” McSpadden said, calling it a “distraction.” Michael Brown Sr. said he had faith that “eventually justice will prevail.” Also Tuesday, the family’s lawyer announced Brown’s funeral would take place on Aug. 25.
On Tuesday, the Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party, Matt Wills, spoke with Breitbart regarding reports that voter registration booths had been set up in Ferguson. Apparently, civil rights activists, led by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, have used the protests in Ferguson over the death of Mike Brown to convince local residents to register to vote. This doesn’t sit well with Wills and the state’s GOP. When contacted by Breitbart to give an opinion on this, Wills said the following:
“If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is. I think it’s not only disgusting but completely inappropriate.”
Nope. Nothing racist about that at all.
One of the main complaints from black Ferguson residents in the aftermath of Brown’s shooting is that they feel shutout of the political process and major decisions affecting them. Despite African-Americans making up 67% of the town’s population, the mayor is white, six out of seven members of the school board are white (the other one is Hispanic) and nearly every other elected official in the town is white. The school system’s superintendent, a black man, was summarily suspended without explanation by the school board. He later resigned. The police department has only 3 black officers out of a force of 53.
Sharpton told the black people of Ferguson that if they want to affect change, they need to get to the polls and votes. He loudly condemned the 12 percent voter turnout by black residents during his speech at a rally Sunday. If they want more African-Americans in positions of political power they need to register to vote and get involved. Sharpton put his money where his mouth is and, along with others, set up the voter registration booths in and around the major protest areas. Basically, if young black people are going to come out and demonstrate, then they should also be given the tools to affect real change.
However, Wills, obviously speaking on behalf of many Republicans, not only in Missouri but this country, feel that this is awful and “disgusting.” I am shocked I didn’t see him quoted as calling Jackson and Sharpton ‘race hustlers.’ In his mind, civil rights activists shouldn’t use an event that is largely happening due to the long-standing racial and political issues affecting a specific area to raise awareness with the people who are most affected. They need to be solemn and respectful and not try to incite young black people to take any action towards their future. In other words, do what white Republicans want them to do — nothing.
Also, per Wills, he doesn’t think the Mike Brown tragedy has anything to do with race, and he wishes people would stop bringing it up.
“This is not just a tragedy for the African American community this is a tragedy for the Missouri community as well as the community of what we call America. Injecting race into this conversation and into this tragedy, not only is not helpful, but it doesn’t help a continued conversation of justice and peace.”
Ummm, OK. Sure. Race has nothing to do with what happened in Ferguson. Also, Wills doesn’t think it’s helpful to discuss race when talking about this awful tragedy. However, he also thinks it is “completely inappropriate” for black people to get registered to vote at this time in Ferguson.