Law enforcement officials in suburban St. Louis asked for patience to allow the investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown to take its course as tension over the teenager's death continued for a fifth straight day, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said his office will take as much time as necessary to review circumstances that led a Ferguson police officer to fatally shoot the 18-year-old Brown on a street Saturday afternoon. “The timeline on this is there is no timeline,” McCulloch said. (Police used tear gas and smoke bombs to repel crowds who threw Molotov cocktails last night, the Associated Press reports.)
McCulloch said ethical rules prevent prosecutors from disseminating the physical evidence. He also said he won't do anything to corrupt the integrity of the investigation. Much information has come forward through social media, “some of it good, some of it bad,” he said. He stressed that the medical examiner's report, 911 tapes and other investigative material will be withheld at this point. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said the officer who shot Brown suffered facial injuries and was taken to a hospital. Jackson acknowledged that mending the strained relationship between his department and the African-American community is imperative for the city and region to move ahead following nearly a week of outrage, violence and looting. The chief defended his agency’s racial makeup. Three of 53 officers are African-American in a community where two-thirds of the population is black.