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Holder calls for end to violence in Ferguson

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Photo - FILE - This Aug. 18, 2014 file photo shows members of the Missouri National Guard standing watch outside a command post near a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. Eric Holder, who is leading the federal response to the racial turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way none of the 81 previous U.S. attorneys general could _ by telling his own family story. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
FILE - This Aug. 18, 2014 file photo shows members of the Missouri National Guard standing watch outside a command post near a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. Eric Holder, who is leading the federal response to the racial turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way none of the 81 previous U.S. attorneys general could _ by telling his own family story. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is promising a thorough investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown while calling for "an end to the acts of violence in the streets" of Ferguson, Missouri.

Holder says the Justice Department "will defend the right of protesters to peacefully demonstrate and for the media to cover a story that must be told." He is calling on the citizens of Ferguson "to join with law enforcement in condemning the actions of looters, vandals and others seeking to inflame tensions."

Holder is traveling to Ferguson on Wednesday to meet with FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown's death. His remarks appeared late Tuesday in an open letter published on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website.

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