A law enforcement officer watches on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, as tear gas is fired to disperse a crowd protesting the shooting of teenager Michael Brown last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday instructed the Justice Department to conduct a second autopsy of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9.
In a statement, department spokesperson Brian Fallon said the additional autopsy was ordered due to "extraordinary circumstances involved in this case," and at the Brown family's request.
Brown's family made a formal request last Thursday for the Justice Department to oversee a second autopsy as a way to ensure more objectivity.
The St. Louis County Police Department last Tuesday confirmed that the original autopsy revealed Brown, 18, died of gunshot wounds, NBC News reported. The department has not revealed how many times Brown was shot by officer Darren Wilson. The circumstances leading up to the shooting still remain unclear.
Fallon said the autopsy will take place as soon as possible. He added that the Justice Department will still take the state's autopsy into account during the investigation.
Missouri governor criticizes response by Ferguson police
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon made several television appearances on Sunday to discuss the ongoing situation in Ferguson.
Nixon said he was upset with local law enforcement's decision to release video tape, allegedly of Brown, posthumously.
When naming Wilson as the officer who shot and killed Brown, Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson also released surveillance tape and a police report naming Brown as the chief suspect in an unrelated convenience store robbery. The tape shows a man police identified as Brown physically intimidating a smaller man at a convenience store. The incident report released by the Ferguson Police Department indicates that Wilson was unaware of the alleged robbery when he shot Brown.
"You are clearly trying to besmirch the young man by releasing that video," Nixon said Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation.
Nixon added that St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch had the opportunity to bring charges against Wilson, and that "he should step up and do his job."
Throughout his Sunday-morning TV tour, Nixon stressed the need to balance citizens' right to assemble with making the city safe and allowing justice to occur. Nixon said he appreciated the federal aid that the U.S. Justice Department sent, which included 40 additional FBI agents to conduct interviews in the area.
"I think it's right for people to grieve. I think it's right for people to speak. We need to keep the rule of law and peace," he said on CBS.
Local leader shares how unrest began
On ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, St. Louis Alderman Antonio French — who has chronicled the Ferguson protests on social media, and was arrested by police last Wednesday night — toured the city with ABC's Martha Raddatz.
French said that the unrest started after a fire ignited near the site of Brown's killing. The community created a makeshift memorial, which included rose petals and candles, where Brown's body lay for nearly five hours. Barbecue charcoals in an apartment dumpster nearby caught on fire, which is what prompted a response from the local fire department. The fire truck was accompanied by police officers.
After some people started shouting at officers, French said police called for backup. That backup included dogs, which just "agitated the crowd more."
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