U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has approved a second autopsy of the body of Michael Brown, the teenager killed by a Missouri police officer on Aug. 9. The autopsy will be conducted by a federal medical examiner.
Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement, "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," reports CNN. "This independent examination will take place as soon as possible. Even after it is complete, Justice Department officials still plan to take the state-performed autopsy into account in the course of their investigation."
This news comes one day after a person was shot dead with several others reportedly injured by a lone gunman participating in a protest defying the town's appointed "state of emergency" curfew Saturday night into Sunday morning.