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August 17, 2014 - 4:04 pm

In a highly unusual move, Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a federal medical examiner to perform a second autopsy on Michael Brown, the unarmed man who was shot by police officer Darren Wilson.

The media reports I’ve read about this announcement have been strikingly incurious about the obvious — something  Jazz Shaw points out:

Their own spokesperson is using the phrase “extraordinary circumstances” here, so that seems to be an acknowledgement that the normal protocols are in flux. I’m not suggesting that this is illegal – unless somebody can cite a specific instance to make that case – but what is there about the death of Michael Brown that makes this a federal case? If you sweep aside the wall to wall media coverage and celebrities flocking to Ferguson, this is a case of one person who was shot during a confrontation with a local police officer, allegedly on the heels of a low dollar value robbery at a convenience store. Nobody crossed state lines that I’m aware of. And when you look at it in that perspective, there are many such cases around the country every year. (Many more than we would like to see, it should go without saying.)

No federal crime has been committed so how can there be a federal investigation? There’s no way the feds would step on St. Louis County’s toes and file federal civil rights violations against Officer Wilson. They would allow the murder investigation and prosecution to go forward before stepping in.

This is a blatantly political move by Obama/Holder, capitalizing on a racially explosive situation to score points with the black community — a constituency they believe is vital to Democrats if they are to hold the Senate.

Here’s part of DoJ’s statement announcing the additional autopsy:

“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 to be performed by a federal medical examiner. This independent examination will take place as soon as possible,” the statement said.

The first autopsy was conducted by the state of Missouri and the justice department release said it would take that investigation into account.

“Even after it is complete, Justice Department officials still plan to take the state-performed autopsy into account in the course of their investigation,” the release said.

I’m sure we all sympathize with the Brown family in wishing for an impartial and disinterested look at the evidence. But just because they ask for federal assistance, does that mean they get it? If other families in similar circumstances asked, would Holder comply?

That’s why the Justice Department involvement smacks of partisan politics to me. In this, the most politicized DoJ since Nixon, we’ve come to expect this kind of cynical manipulation of the law for political purposes.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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My guess would be that there's something in the first autopsy report that doesn't look good for Brown, and Holder wants a chance to muddy the waters, a bit.
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Holder is just looking out for HIS people.
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THREE autopsies!

Good thing this guy wasn't killed in a knife fight.
17 weeks ago
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This guy's chest is going to look like the finals of a tic-tac-toe contest by the time they're done.
17 weeks ago
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This young student advertised as about to enter college barely made it through prior schools and was due to go to a glorified trade school. This is the type of individual who will get education paid for and a no interest loan from the taxpayers who will wind up paying for his education
17 weeks ago
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The rest of the world is in turmoil and Holder and Obama are so concerned about one guy! It boggles the mind.
17 weeks ago
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Mike Brown's body will be autopsied again,
Mike Brown's body will be autopsied again,
Mike Brown's body will be autopsied again,
So race grievance can go on!

Glory, glory Eric Holder
His demagoguery grows bolder
Glory, glory Eric Holder
As race grievance marches on!
17 weeks ago
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"Mike Brown's body will be autopsied again,
Mike Brown's body will be autopsied again,
Mike Brown's body will be autopsied again,"
Until they get the results they want.
17 weeks ago
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"I’m sure we all sympathize with the Brown family in wishing for an impartial and disinterested look at the evidence. But just because they ask for federal assistance, does that mean they get it? If other families in similar circumstances asked, would Holder comply?"

It depends on which Brown family is referred to, and how politically expedient: see Ron Brown, commerce secretary, circa 1996.
17 weeks ago
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Isn't this the third?

Either way - reports came out dude got shot from the front. Toxicology report will be interesting as will the gun residue check.
17 weeks ago
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Yes, the locals did one, then there was one on behalf of the family, which just released details: 6 hits, all in the front of his body, matching the accounts of both the police and that eyewitness that was unwittingly recorded. The latter didn't have access to Brown's clothes, so it was limited in checking for residue.

(The only other account is by his admitted accomplice in the store robbery, who managed to somehow both run away from the police and see in detail everything that happened with the likely slower Brown.)
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Nah, Nixon's DOJ had integrity, at least in many key individuals.
17 weeks ago
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Can an attorney tell me on what authority the AG/Justice Dept. is ordering an autopsy in a local crime case? Is this legal?
17 weeks ago
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Haven't you heard?
It's now a Federal crime for a (white) Police Officer to shoot a Black suspect.
Circumstances be damned, it's a Hate Crime.

My puzzlement is just WHY a second autopsy? Just what might they be looking for? He's still dead. That ain't gonna change. And Cause of Death is still a Gun Shot. So...?????
17 weeks ago
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Forensic indication of where his hands were when the fatal shots were fired is going to play a big part here.

Although, Gateway Pundit had a post of a shortly after the shooting eyewitness account that indicated Brown rounded and rushed back at that officer. If that is substantiated, then the officer's reasonable fear gets a big support.
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My guess would be that there's something in the first autopsy report that doesn't look good for Brown, and Holder wants a chance to muddy the waters, a bit.
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