Legal Analyst Coffey: Justice Dept. Right to Probe Ferguson Case

Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 06:31 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The Justice Department is making the right decision to enter the controversial shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri, veteran legal analyst Kendall Coffey tells Newsmax TV.

"They're neutral. They'll take an objective look at this,'' Coffey said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

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"They're in the best position to do what is very hard to do … which is listen to the witnesses, evaluate the witnesses. Put together as best as you can what actually happened.''

Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, has been a powder keg of racial tension since Saturday, when Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple times by an officer whom authorities have declined to identify.

The shooting — which occurred after Brown reportedly got into an altercation with the officer, who had stopped him and another man on the street — sparked rioting, looting, and arson. One woman was shot in the head.

The Justice Department has sent its Community Relations Service to the area in a bid to ease the tension.

Coffey, a founding member of Coffey Burlington, PL, in Miami, says nobody knows all of the facts behind the shooting.

"Whatever you think might've actually happened, it's going to be a function of what witnesses say and what the evidence shows,'' he said. "You have to follow that evidence wherever it may take you courageously, even if it means to say yes or even if it means to say no to a frustrated public.''

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