Holder Orders Second Autopsy In Michael Brown Shooting
Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on a black Missouri teenager whose fatal shooting by a white police officer has spurred a week of rancorous and sometimes-violent protests in suburban St. Louis.
The ‘‘extraordinary circumstances’’ surrounding the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and a request by Brown’s family members prompted the order, Department of Justice spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement.
‘‘This independent examination will take place as soon as possible,’’ Fallon said. ‘‘Even after it is complete, Justice Department officials still plan to take the state-performed autopsy into account in the course of their investigation.’’