FERGUSON, the United States, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Although some 50 protestors remained on West Florissant Avenue amid heavy rain Wednesday night, the situation was eerily calm there as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in St. Louis city.
During the night, police on the Avenue, scene of nightly demonstrations that often turn violent, did not wear riot gear and have riot shields or riot dogs. Two armored personnel carriers there did not have their lights on or have police manning the turrets.
St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, has seen nearly two weeks of riots triggered by the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9 by a white police officer.
Holder flew to Missouri Monday morning and met with Missouri Highway State Patrol Captain Ron Johnson. The two men agreed on the importance of "cooperation and patience" as the authorities make investigations.
On Wednesday, Holder met with Michael Brown' s family privately for 20 minutes, who reportedly asked about the investigative process. Holder promised a "fair and independent" federal inquiry.
Spoke of his own experience, Holder said "I understand that mistrust. I am the attorney general of the United States, but I am also a black man. I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding."
"I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me," Holder told a pool of reporters.
Also on Wednesday, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch convened a grand jury to hear preliminary evidence in the case.
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