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Holder Responds to Riots By Accusing Law Enforcement of Creating Divides Of Distrust

Holder Responds to Riots By Accusing Law Enforcement of Creating Divides Of Distrust

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Tuesday in reaction to the grand jury announcement that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will not face charges for fatally shooting Michael Brown and the ensuing riots and protests throughout the night, Attorney General Eric Holder emphasize that “we have two investigations that are ongoing” and “The reality is what we see in Ferguson is not restricted to Ferguson” because he said there are “divides,” of “distrust” between law enforcement and the communities.

Holder said, “I think, a deep distrust between some in the Ferguson community and its police force.” 

He added the Justice department “needs to develop and widely disseminate law enforcement best practices for responding to public demonstrations. The department of justice has begun this work and will continue to work with communities around the country in this regard. The reality is what we see in Ferguson is not restricted to Ferguson. There are other communities around this country that have these same issues that have to be dealt with and we at the Justice Department are determined to do all that we can to bridge those divides. We launched in September our building communities of trust initiative to provide training to law enforcement and communities on biased reduction and procedural fairness, and we plan to apply evidence-based strategies to five pilot sites around the country. This is all designed to bridge those divides, bridge those gaps, between law enforcement and the communities that they serve. These gaps, these divides, exist in other parts of the country

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