Family asks Justice Dept. to oversee 2nd autopsy

Family asks Justice Dept. to oversee 2nd autopsy

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FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 13: A resident wears a button featuring a picture of Michael Brown during a press conference with Police Chief Thomas Jackson who was fielding questions related to the shooting death of Brown on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Ferguson has experienced three days of violent protests since the killing. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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by AP

KMOV.com

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 4:37 AM

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The family of a Missouri teenager fatally shot by police is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to oversee a second autopsy.

The family's attorney, Ben Crump, told The Associated Press that funeral arrangements for 18-year-old Michael Brown are on hold until a second autopsy can be performed.
 
Crump said he was in the process Thursday of making a formal request to the Justice Department. He says a second autopsy overseen by the federal agency would better ensure objectivity.
 
The St. Louis County Medical Examiner's office performed a preliminary autopsy Sunday. Brown was killed Saturday in Ferguson, sparking racial tension and protests in the St. Louis suburb, including some that have turned violent.
 
Crump says the hope is that Brown's funeral will take place by the weekend of Aug. 23.
 

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