Justice Department Condemns Leaks In Michael Brown Case As Attempt To ‘Influence Public’

Justice Department Condemns Leaks In Michael Brown Case As Attempt To ‘Influence Public’

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem nationally, Holder said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

 

(Huffington Post) – The Justice Department condemned a series of leaks from the investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., The Los Angeles Times reported. The death of the unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9 sparked weeks of protests and a national debate over police tactics.

The leaks from the official inquiry into the shooting appear to support the account of the incident given by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, that he and Brown struggled, and that he opened fire when Brown allegedly reached for his gun.

An unnamed Justice Department spokeswoman called the leaks “irresponsible and highly troubling” and said, “There seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case,” the Times reported.

An unidentified Justice Department official also told The Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Reilly that Attorney General Eric Holder is “exasperated” by the apparent “selective leaks,” in the case.

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