FBI director James Comey publicly addressed the agency's civil rights investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown during a visit to Salt Lake City Tuesday, saying the bureau has sent dozens of agents to Ferguson. (Aug. 19)
"I don't want to comment on a pending investigation as you know we are conducting with attorneys from the civil rights division at the Justice Department, a concurrent investigation there, a civil rights investigation. I have put a lot of people on it to make sure we gather the facts in an impartial, careful expeditious way. But because that work is ongoing I don't want to say more about it just yet."
2. SOUNDBITE: James Comey, FBI director:
"We have flooded the area because it's a circumstance in which there might be lots of folks who saw something and so we are working very hard to see if there are people with relevant information they speak to the FBI about it. If we haven't reached out to you yet, we hope you contact us if you know something that would be useful."
3. SOUNDBITE: James Comey, FBI director:
"I can tell you we have spoken to many people because we are trying to be careful and comprehensive in our canvas but I don't want to go beyond that at this point."
4. SOUNDBITE: James Comey, FBI director:
"I have a division in St. Louis which has a whole lot of agents so they've been there and involved in this from early on. I forget the exact day, they run together at this point but since very early on. We added some additional resources to do a more sweepoing canvas this weekend in particularly Saturday midday and Sunday but we've had a bunch of folks there because they live and work there from the beginning."
FBI director James Comey publicly addressed the agency's civil rights investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri during a visit to Salt Lake City Tuesday, saying the bureau has sent dozens of agents to Ferguson.
Comey said the FBI has flooded the area, and called for witnesses to speak to federal investigators about the shooting that has sparked massive protests and a national conversation about civil rights and police militarization.
Comey was in Salt Lake City to meet with law enforcement leaders from Utah, Idaho and Montana as part of a tour of the agency's 56 field offices around the country. He said the FBI remains focused on fighting terrorism, especially fighters trained in Iraq or Syria and well as those who get their training online.