By: April Ryan, aprildryan.com | AURN
Federal, state and local agencies continue their work on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri after the police-involved shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The federal government’s involvement has increased with each additional problem since the black teenager’s death on August 9th.
Tensions continue to escalate on all sides in Ferguson, resulting in riots, looting, and SWAT Teams in riot gear firing tear gas and rubber bullets at night time demonstrators. The ultimate goal for government officials, community, church, and Black leaders is for peace while the investigations, that include probes into possible constitutional and civil rights violations, continue to progress.
Six offices within the Department of Justice are working on the Ferguson situation; the FBI, Civil Rights Division, COPS, CRS-Community Relations Service, OJP-Office Of Justice Programs, and the US Attorney’s Office. Attorney General Eric Holder is closely overseeing his department’s efforts. Monday, Holder will update the President on the situation in Ferguson. It is the first update given at the White House since Brown’s death as both the President and Holder were vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard.
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, discusses what is expected during the meeting. LISTEN: