CLAYTON, Mo. (AP/KMOV) -- Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown are urging restraint on the part of both protesters and police once a grand jury decides whether the officer who shot him should face criminal charges.
Attorneys Anthony Gray and Benjamin Crump held a press conference Thursday outside the St. Louis County Justice Center, where the grand jury is meeting and Dr. Michael Baden, who performed a private autopsy on the family’s behalf, was scheduled to testify.
Gray said the Brown family wants to associate itself with the Governor's statement and denounce and rioting, looting or violence by protesters and urge law enforcement to exercise restraint when tensions run high.
Gray also reiterated that both he and the family realize some people are anxious about the announcement, but urged patience in letting justice run its course.
Gray would not speak for Dr. Michael Baden, the medical examiner hired by the Brown family, and did not speculate on the timing of Dr. Baden's request to testify, despite his offering weeks ago. Crump said attorneys would not get into the substance of Baden’s testimony, except to say he had identified one additional entry wound in Brown’s chest. He did not elaborate on what that might mean.
Crump also recognized the importance of the grand jury decision, noting that it will be a defining moment in the history of the state of Missouri.
Brown’s parents, who were in Geneva this week as the U.N. Committee Against Torture heard testimony about U.S. policies, did not attend. Brown's parents do plan to wait for a grand jury decision before any additional comment is made, including comment upon their return from Geneva.
After the news conference, Gray said that Dr. Baden reviewed the state autopsy, but did not comment on the possibility that Baden reviewed that federal autopsy commissioned by the Department of Justice.
According to Gray, the Brown family will be given notification of the grand jury's decision before the announcement is made public.