U.S. Justice Department to examine St. Louis County police

by Reuters
Thursday, 4 September 2014 19:15 GMT

By Julia Edwards

WASHINGTON, Sept 4 (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday that the Justice Department is reviewing the way the St. Louis County Police Department in Missouri responded to protesters in Ferguson in the wake of the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

In announcing a broad civil investigation into the Ferguson Police Department, whose officer shot Brown, Holder said the St. Louis County Police Department had requested an "after-action report" on its response to the protests.

Some have criticized the county's response to the sometimes violent protests for being overly militant and forceful. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Sandra Maler)