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FILE - This April 17, 2014 file photo shows Attorney General Eric Holder speaking in Overland Park, Kansas. Student lender Sallie Mae has reached a $60 million settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations it charged military service members excessive interest rates on their student loans. The settlement was announced Tuesday Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Orlin Wagner, Associated Press - Ap

Holder says Missouri shooting deserves review

  • Associated Press
  • August 12, 2014 - 8:04 AM

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder says the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb deserves a full review.

Holder's statement Monday comes as the Justice Department dispatched its Community Relations Service to the scene to try and help calm the area's racial tension. The service helps communities resolve conflicts and tensions arising from racial differences.

The FBI is looking into possible civil rights violations in the shooting of 18-year old Michael Brown. Police said Brown was shot multiple times Saturday after an altercation with an officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Nearly three dozen people were arrested Sunday after crowds looted and burned stores and taunted officers.

Holder says aggressively pursuing these types of investigations is "critical for preserving trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve."

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