There have been no reports of violence so far today in Ferguson, Missouri after police were forced to fire tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters last night, when demonstrations got out of hand.
But there have been developments in the investigation into Michael Brown’s death.
A caller to a St. Louis radio station says Officer Darren Wilson shot at Brown, only after Brown rushed at police, and tried to grab the officer’s gun. CNN is quoting sources close to the investigation, that the caller’s story matches what Wilson is telling police.
This information contradicts a private autopsy, conducted for the family, that was released today. It found no evidence of a struggle and that Brown might have been walking away when he was shot at least six times.
Additionally, about 80 members of the National Guard arrived in Ferguson today. Their role is limited to protecting the area of police command center. It was an area that came under siege from rioters Sunday night.
Sunday night, what began as a rally for peace and justice near the shooting scene devolved into chaos. Police in riot gear deployed tear gas in response to shots fired from the crowd who threw molotov cocktails and attempted to overrun barricades.
Monday afternoon, Attorney General Eric Holder, who has already ordered a third autopsy on Brown’s body, conferred with President Obama on federal options for quelling the violence in Ferguson.
President Obama also announced Monday the Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting death of Brown and that Attorney General Holder will travel to Missouri this week to meet with investigators.
Obama also called for calm in Ferguson in response to a week of sometimes violent demonstrations there in the wake of the shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer. Obama said “let’s see some understanding” rather than confrontation, and “let’s seek to heal.”
With the National Guard in place, Gov Jay Nixon has lifted the curfew here, in the hope that there will be no repeat of the violence that erupted overnight.