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NAACP Asks Judge for New Grand Jury to Probe Michael Brown Shooting

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Image: Police confront demonstrators during a protest on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
Police confront demonstrators during a protest on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesting turned into rioting following the grand jury announcement to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. At least 12 buildings were torched and more than 50 people were arrested during the night-long rioting.Scott Olson / Getty Images

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The NAACP has asked a Missouri judge to open a new grand jury to probe the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

In a letter to St. Louis Circuit Judge Maura McShane, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund also asked for an investigation of the grand jury proceedings that led to the decision not to indict the officer, Darren Wilson, the Associated Press reported. Wilson is white, and Brown was black. He was also unarmed.

The NAACP claimed there had been confusing instructions to jurors, and cited the controversial decision to allow testimony from witnesses who lied.

Meanwhile, a federal judge extended a temporary restraining order requiring some local Missouri police departments to give protesters the chance to disperse before tear gas is deployed, NBC affiliate KDSK reported. That decision came after an agreement reached between the Missouri State Highway Patrol, city and county police departments and lawyers for some of the Ferguson protesters.

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