Race Relations And The Search For Justice In Ferguson, Missouri

Police guard the front of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center where a grand jury will begin looking at the circumstances surrounding the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August 20, 2014 in Clayton, Missouri.   - Scott Olson/Getty Images

Police guard the front of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center where a grand jury will begin looking at the circumstances surrounding the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August 20, 2014 in Clayton, Missouri.

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Race Relations And The Search For Justice In Ferguson, Missouri

A Missouri grand jury hears evidence on the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. Attorney General Eric Holder promises a separate federal investigation will be "fair and thorough." A look at race relations and the search for justice.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder met with the parents of slain teenager Michael Brown and others in Ferguson, Missouri. The unarmed black teen was shot and killed Aug. 9 by a white police officer. Outrage over the incident sparked days of protests and violence. Holder has pledged there will be a full and fair investigation. Separately, Missouri prosecutors are presenting evidence to a grand jury for possible prosecution of the officer who fired the shots. Diane and our guests offer an update on efforts to get to the facts related to the shooting and to address familiar but deeply troubling questions about police tactics and race relations.

Guests

Paul Butler

professor at Georgetown Law School.

Peter Baker

reporter for The New York Times.

David Harris

professor of law, University of Pittsburgh

Nicole Austin-Hillery

director and counsel, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law

Jesmyn Ward

associate professor creative writing, Tulane University,
her books include a memoir, "Men We Reaped" and the novel, "Salvage The Bones"

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