A local police chief said being forthright with what happened in the Ferguson, Mo. shooting and restoring peace would be the best plan of attack for authorities there.
Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light also said the best thing to do is for Missouri authorities to bring in the National Guard to restore peace in the Ferguson community and create a citizens review board.
"They have to get a handle on that. Once you restore peace there, you have to get citizens responding," he said.
Light said citizens should meet with law-enforcement personnel and the review board should be neutral so it can analyze the situation. If that happens, the chief believes it shouldn't take a long to time to get to the heart of the investigation of the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.
At 12:01 p.m. -- 10 minutes after Ferguson police received a call about a robbery at a convenience store, an officer encountered Brown and a friend as they walked down a street, according to USA Today. Brown was shot to death as a result of the incident.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., as he was traveling to Ferguson to be briefed on the federal civil rights inquiry, said Tuesday he promised a "fair and thorough" of the shooting, which he hopes "will bring some measure of calm to the tensions in Ferguson," according to USA Today.
"At the core of these demonstrations is a demand for answers about the circumstances of this young man's death and a broader concern about the state of our criminal justice system," Holder wrote in an op-ed for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "At a time when so much may seem uncertain, the people of Ferguson can have confidence that the Justice Department intends to learn -- in a fair and thorough manner -- exactly what happened."
Light said one of the first things Ferguson police should have done was issue a press release about the shooting.
"It's going to be public record anyway. The longer you hold it back from the public, the more suspicious it looks," the chief said.
Also, Light said it would be appropriate for the Ferguson-area prosecutor to recuse himself or herself from the investigation.
"Why not hand it off to someone else?" he added.