Justice Dept. authorizes 2nd autopsy on Michael Brown

Posted at 4:43 PM, Aug 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-17 16:44:38-04

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN)- After another night of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has approved a second autopsy on the body of Michael Brown, the Justice Department said Sunday.

The autopsy will be conducted by a federal medical examiner, Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement.

“Due to the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family, Attorney General Holder has instructed Justice Department officials to arrange for an additional autopsy,” the statement said.

“This independent examination will take place as soon as possible. Even after it is complete, Justice Department officials still plan to take the state-performed autopsy into account in the course of their investigation.”

The news out of Washington came after protests that resulted in seven arrests and left one person shot. The shooting occurred just hours after a curfew was imposed to bring calm to a city that’s seen a week of protests and sporadic looting after the police killing of the unarmed 18-year-old Brown.

Click here for the rest of the story from CNN.