By Alexander Bolton - 08/20/14 07:31 PM EDT
ST. LOUIS — Attorney General Eric Holder met with the parents of Michael Brown Wednesday afternoon at the Eagleton federal courthouse in downtown St. Louis.
They met at the office of the U.S. attorney investigating the Aug. 9 shooting of the African-American teenager, whose death at the hands of police has sparked riots.
Holder also met with Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who has huddled in recent days with community leaders in Ferguson, where the shooting took place. Reps. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) also joined the meeting, along with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).
Blunt has pressed Holder to allow state and local officials to complete their investigation of the shooting.
Holder has said the Justice Department will conduct a separate investigation of possible civil rights violations by Ferguson police.
Brown's family has asked Clay to speak along with Rev. Al Sharpton at the funeral planned for Monday morning at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church.
Holder left the courthouse in an entourage of black SUVs. He is scheduled to fly back to Washington with Clay Wednesday evening.
—This post was updated at 9:15 p.m.