- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Eric Holder’s Justice Department has launched a federal investigation into a police officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in suburban St. Louis.

“The shooting incident in Ferguson, Missouri, this weekend deserves a fulsome review,” the attorney general said in a statement issued Monday. “At every step, we will work with the local investigators, who should be prepared to complete a thorough, fair investigation in their own right. I will continue to receive regular updates on this matter in the coming days.”

Michael Brown, 18, was unarmed and shot multiple times Saturday after an altercation with an officer in Ferguson, police said. Authorities have been vague about what exactly caused the officer to shoot the teen.

A peaceful vigil followed the shooting Sunday night, which descended into chaos when dozens of people went tearing through the neighborhoods, looting and burning stores, and vandalizing vehicles. More than 30 arrests were made, with charges ranging from theft and burglary to assault, The Hill reported.

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division will participate in the probe, along with FBI agents from the St. Louis field office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Holder said.

Cheryl Mimura, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s St. Louis field office, said Monday that the FBI is also looking into possible civil rights violations arising from the shooting.

Mr. Holder’s announcement follows calls for a thorough review of the shooting by Republican Sen. Roy Blunt and Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, The Hill reported.