Obama: Civil rights investigation opened into death of Michael Brown

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(CNN) — President Barack Obama said Monday that the Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and that Attorney General Eric Holder will travel there 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.”

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