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Eric Holder To Visit Ferguson Today

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Attorney General Eric Holder (2nd L) in the Oval Office of the White House August 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama was to receive an update on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has called in the National Guard to "help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson," according to a statement from the governor's office.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Attorney General Eric Holder (2nd L) in the Oval Office of the White House August 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama was to receive an update on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has called in the National Guard to “help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson,” according to a statement from the governor’s office. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder comes to Ferguson today to check in on the investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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According to the Department of Justice, Holder will receive an on-the-ground briefing on the federal civil rights investigation.

He is scheduled to leave Washington at 9 am EST. The Attorney General will attend meetings with community leaders in Ferguson and visit the FBI’s St. Louis field office to meet with FBI officials and federal prosecutors about the ongoing federal investigation. He will also attend a meeting with elected officials in St. Louis.

Ahead of his visit, he wrote a letter to Ferguson residents in today’s Post Dispatch.

In the letter, Holder calls for an end to the ongoing violence.

“I urge the citizens of Ferguson who have been peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights to join with law enforcement in condemning the actions of looters, vandals and others seeking to inflame tensions and sow discord,” he writes.

He also makes a pledge that the Department of Justice will make a full, fair and independent investigation into the shooting death of Brown.

“Long after the events of Aug. 9 have receded from the headlines, the Justice Department will continue to stand with this community,” he writes.

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