NJ Sen. Cory Booker Calls for Expansion of DOJ Probe into Ferguson Shooting

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker on Thursday wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder, urging him to expand the Department of Justice’s probe into the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri.

Booker praised the DOJ’s decision to investigate the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, on Saturday. “However,” his letter reads, “given recent events, I respectfully request that the Department of Justice expand its probe to include a review of unnecessary infringement of the protected right to peacefully protest and the right of a free press.”

Booker’s letter comes after reports that police in Ferguson on Wednesday night used tear gas on protesters and arrested a pair of reporters.

Booker noted his own past, saying that through “personal experience in my own city I have come to learn the value of federal involvement.”

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