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FERGUSON, Mo. — Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the “eyes of the nation and the world” are on this small suburb of St. Louis where an unarmed teenager was shot and killed by police earlier this month. The issues raised by Michael Brown’s death, Holder said, have simmered “beneath the surface in more communities than just Ferguson.”
Before a larger meeting at St. Louis Community College–Florissant Valley, the attorney general met with several students at the local school in what he described as an “opportunity to sit down with some wonderful young people and to hear them talk about the mistrust they have at a young age.”
Dominique McCoy, who attended the smaller meeting, told The Huffington Post that Holder said change wouldn’t happen overnight. “He just let us speak, basically. He semi-voiced his opinion, but we all did the talking. He agreed somewhat to what everyone said,” McCoy added.
A separate attendee, Molyrik Welch, noted to another reporter that her brother had died following an encounter with Ferguson police in 2011.
After the college events, Holder headed over to Drake’s Place restaurant in Ferguson to talk with other community members. Some people were told that they would be meeting with an official from the Justice Department, but not that it was Holder.
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