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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"F.B.I. Steps In Amid Unrest After Police Kill Missouri Youth"

From The New York Times:

The F.B.I. on Monday opened a civil rights inquiry into the fatal shooting by a police officer of an unarmed black teenager here as protests bubbled into a third night in this St. Louis suburb.

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The circumstances of Mr. Brown’s death on Saturday afternoon as he and a friend walked from a convenience store were disputed. The police said he had hit the officer who shot him; his family and friends denied that.

In a local television interview, the friend who was walking with him, Dorian Johnson, said the officer opened fire when the young men refused to move from the middle of the street to the sidewalk. He said Mr. Brown’s hands were over his head. The autopsy showed Mr. Brown was shot a number of times.

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