Holder: "We are looking for violations of federal criminal civil rights statutes"
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:27
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visits Ferguson hours after nearly 50 protesters were arrested in the 11th straight night of demonstrations, underlines difference between the state and federal investigations underway. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday (August 20) and vowed a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 11 nights of racially charged unrest.
"We're looking for violations of federal criminal civil rights statutes which is different from what the local investigation is. But we have brought a substantial number of agents here who have done a great job in the canvassing that they did over the past weekend. They continue to follow leads so that we can do a thorough and fair job in making a determination on what happened on the August the 9th," Holder said.
Holder, the first African-American to head the Justice Department, met with students and then community leaders at a community college during a visit to Ferguson for a briefing on a Justice Department investigation into the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
His visit came hours after nearly 50 protesters were arrested in the latest demonstrations since the shooting. Many of the protests have been peaceful, but others, especially smaller ones late at night, have been punctuated by looting, vandalism and clashes between demonstrators and police.
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