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US attorney general visits Missouri town for meetings on fatal shooting

Published on Aug 21, 2014 10:06 AM

FERGUSON (REUTERS) - US Attorney General Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday and vowed a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 11 nights of racially charged unrest.

Holder, the first African-American to head the Justice Department, met with students and then community leaders at a community college during a visit to Ferguson for a briefing on a Justice Department investigation into the Aug 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

He later met privately with Brown's parents at the St. Louis US Attorney's Office, but no details of that session were immediately available.

Also on Wednesday, a grand jury investigating the fatal shooting began hearing evidence in the case.

US Attorney General Eric Holder (centre) during his meeting with Special Agent in Charge William P. Woods (left) and Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Molly Moran at the FBI building in St. Louis, Missouri. -- PHOTO: AFP
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