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Police Shooting Of Unarmed Teen Sparks FBI Investigation

The shooting of an unarmed teen on Saturday has sparked riots, a vigil, and now, an FBI investigation to be performed alongside the local inquiry.
Posted at 10:25 PM, Aug 11, 2014

The police shooting of the unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown Saturday in Missouri has triggered grief, outrage, riots and now, an FBI investigation. 

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder released a statement Monday announcing the FBI's parallel investigation, which isn't meant to replace the investigation performed by local authorities. 

"At every step, we will work with the local investigators, who should be prepared to complete a thorough, fair investigation in their own right."

Speaking with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said authorities are sharing the information they've gathered so far with the FBI and that the bureau may perform its own interviews. 

​Many details surrounding the shooting haven't yet been released, leaving room for speculation as to what exactly happened. So far, all that's been said by authorities is that the teen and the officer were involved in a physical confrontation, at least one shot was fired and that Brown was unarmed.

According to KSDK, Ferguson police cars aren't equipped with dash cameras, meaning there's no police footage of the shooting. A county spokesperson said are searching for any video recorded by witnesses.

Ferguson's police chief Thomas Jackson told CNN in an interview he specifically asked that he be removed from the local investigation to ensure no appearance of a conflict of interest. 

Since Saturday, the shooting has drawn considerable attention — from the press, the public and from attorney Benjamin Crump.

Crump represented Trayvon Martin's family in Florida's trial of George Zimmerman. He said Monday he would represent the family of Michael Brown in Missouri. (Video via MSNBC)

​A spokeswoman for the FBI's St. Louis field office told CBS News that the bureau would be investigating a shooting like this whether it had drawn national media coverage or not. 

The announcement of FBI involvement comes after a night of riots in Ferguson on Sunday and amid protests by community members on Monday.