By Benjamin Goad - 08/20/14 09:21 AM EDT
Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderRacial undercurrents inflame Uber fight over background checks Chaffetz seeks to hold Obama official in contempt over water rule Eric Holder goes to bat for Uber MORE is en route to Ferguson, Mo., where he will meet Wednesday morning with community leaders in the aftermath of this month’s fatal police shooting of an unarmed teen.
Later Wednesday, Holder will travel to St. Louis for meetings with authorities conducting a federal civil rights investigation into the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to a schedule released by the Justice Department.
He will then turn his attention to the ongoing federal probe, paying a visit to the FBI’s field office in St. Louis to meet with investigators and federal prosecutors about developments in the case.
Earlier this week, Holder said 40 FBI agents were canvassing the neighborhood where Brown was shot and had conducted “several new interviews.”
Holder has asked for patience as the investigation runs its course and signaled that details of the federal probe would not be immediately released.
“No matter how others pursue their own separate inquiries, the Justice Department is resolved to preserve the integrity of its investigation,” Holder said Monday.
Those remarks followed widespread reports that an initial autopsy performed at the wishes of Brown’s family found six gunshot wounds. Brown's mother has called for the arrest of officer Darren Wilson, whom police have identified as the man who shot Brown.
While in St. Louis, Holder also plans to meet with elected officials, according to the Justice Department.