Clarke: Holder Trying to Cement Legacy With Ferguson Report

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (D) said that Attorney General Eric Holder is trying to “put Ferguson, Missouri up on his mantle as another law enforcement agency that he indicted for some sort of racial practices” in reaction reports that the DOJ will issue findings critical of the city’s police force on Monday’s “Kelly File.”

“Eric Holder has been the most race-obsessed Attorney General in the history of the United States…Eric Holder makes decisions that are color-coded, everything that he does is put through the racial lens. He’s had Ferguson, Missouri, and its police department in his crosshairs ever since he went down there after that tragic situation with Mike Brown and Officer Darren Wilson, and he said we’re going to make this right. On his way out the door, he’s got one more kick at the cat. He wants to put Ferguson, Missouri up on his mantle as another law enforcement agency that he indicted for some sort of racial practices. I don’t know everything that’s going on in Ferguson, Missouri, but if I were the city father, — city officials if you will, I would fight these charges. Eric holder is using traffic stops, Megyn, simply because he can exploit that data. That’s the first thing that race hustlers jump to, is looking at traffic stops to make some sort of determination that some sort of racial impropriety’s going on here. If you’re a cop and you’re working in an area that is predominantly black, most of your field interview stops, most of your police contacts, your calls for service, and most of your traffic stops are going to involve black individuals. Officers don’t target, they don’t racially profile, they criminally profile” he stated.

He also talked about the shooting of a homeless man in Los Angeles, Clarke said that while he couldn’t say much about the case since the investigation was still underway, it was worth noting that situations such as the shooting were high stress, quickly-moving situations that couldn’t easily be analyzed by “armchair quarterbacks,” and that unarmed suspects can still pose a threat. Clarke also stated that the case showed the danger of resisting arrest and that officers are allowed to overcome force, not simply match it.

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