|Michael Moore, US Attorney, Georgia|
Michael Moore: We've asked the public to come forward with any information they may have. We've received hundreds of phone calls in our office to determine if any relevant information exists.
After acknowledging he had received all of the information from the Sheriff's department, the GBI, and the private detective for the Johnson family attorney, and after expressing his appreciation for the concerns of all who have called his office, he stated:
What we need are people with facts and knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Mr. Johnson's death to present those to us. Facts, not feelings or opinions, no matter how sincere they may be, are the basis of a legal investigation. At this time, however, I am of the opinion that a sufficient basis exists for a formal review of the facts and investigation surrounding the tragic death of Kendrick Johnson.
Should sufficient information be developed to warrant a criminal civil rights investigation I will ask the FBI to open a Civil Rights or any other appropriate criminal investigation.Mr. Moore did not open an investigation, he has promised a formal review of the facts and of the investigation already performed in the Kendrick Johnson case. This is evidently not a criminal investigation, but a more formal review of the findings of the initial investigation that resulted in a finding of accidental death.
We do not typically comment on pending investigations...because this is now an "ongoing" investigation....
The last bit is a titch confusing, but I believe he means the continuation of the investigation by the Sheriff's department and the GBI. Parsing words is an art form. Bold emphasis mine.