After releasing a report that completely exonerated Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson of any wrongdoing in the death of an 18-year-old strong arm robbery suspect, Attorney General Eric Holder claimed that he was still “prepared” to dismantle the department, because racism was to blame for high rates of black violence and criminality.
Speaking to the press at Andrews Air Force Base on Friday, Holder claimed that he was “shocked” at what his investigators found in a review of the Ferguson, Missouri police department.
Holder said that Ferguson was “a community where this harm frequently appears to stem, at least in part, from racial bias — both implicit and explicit.”
He went on to vow that the federal government would fix the problem of racial disparities in violent crime in Missouri.
“We are prepared to use all the powers that we have to ensure that the situation changes there. That means everything from working with them to coming up with an entirely new structure,” Holder said. He went on to say that having the federal government rip apart and dismantle the department was also an option. “If that’s what’s necessary, we’re prepared to do that,” he said.
“The notion that you would use a law enforcement agency or law enforcement generally to generate revenue, and then the callous way in which that was done and the impact that it had on the lives of the ordinary citizens of that municipality, was just appalling. Appalling. And that is not something that we’re going to tolerate,” Holder continued.
Despite Holder’s claims that the Ferguson police were thoughtless racists, the full report totally vindicated officer Wilson, noting that he only fired his service weapon when he was repeatedly attacked by violent, strong-arm robbery suspect Michael Brown. The report also noted that the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative was a lie, and that Brown was shot after he called Wilson a “pussy” and reached into the police car to seize Wilson’s weapon.
After Holder’s DOJ report exonerated Wilson from double-jeopardy “civil rights” charges and demolished the claims made by protesters, Holder claimed that the protesters “were right.”
Holder said the Ferguson PD fostered a “highly toxic environment, defined by mistrust and resentment” under which the local citizens supposedly suffered.
Holder’s political statements made at least one Ferguson police officer “break down in tears.”
“The report is hard to read, but that’s not me,” a Ferguson officer told the Daily Mail.
The officer went on to say, “I am good with the people, the community. We have good officers. Do they write more tickets than some people? Maybe. But they are good officers.
“This hurts, it really does. When you read it, you read it as a city as a whole. You read it like everybody is like that, but not everybody is like that,” he added.
Holder’s DOJ offered millions in taxpayer dollars to reward organizations that promise to help reduce the arrest rates of nonwhite males.
Holder’s Justice Department finds that blacks committed 52.9 percent of all homicides and 59.9 percent of felony murders from 1980 to 2008 — despite comprising 13.2 percent to 15.2 percent of America’s total population in 2013.
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