Feds Order 2nd Autopsy for Michael Brown

Federal ME will step in due to 'extraordinary circumstances'

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 17, 2014 10:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – Eric Holder today ordered a second autopsy for Michael Brown, reports CBS, this time to be performed by a federal official. "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 to be performed by a federal medical examiner," said a statement from the Justice Department. "This independent examination will take place as soon as possible." The state of Missouri has already performed an autopsy; those results are not yet public. Click for the latest out of Ferguson.

A car drives past a memorial in the middle of the street, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, where Michael Brown was shot by police nearly a week ago in Ferguson, Mo.
A car drives past a memorial in the middle of the street, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, where Michael Brown was shot by police nearly a week ago in Ferguson, Mo.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.   (AP Photo/Brown Family)
Michael Brown Sr., holds up a photo of himself, at right, his son, Michael Brown, and a young child, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Jennings, Mo.
Michael Brown Sr., holds up a photo of himself, at right, his son, Michael Brown, and a young child, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Jennings, Mo.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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