Eric Holder Stokes Flames Of Racial Animosity In Ferguson
Of course he does. He decided to go, as America’s Top Cop, and make things very personal
(USA Today) Attorney General Eric Holder flew to Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer leading an investigation into a police shooting.
He also arrived as an African-American who said he understands the racial tensions that have fueled days of protests that have been marred by violence and mass arrests since the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
“I am the Attorney General of the United States, but I am also a black man,” Holder told Ferguson residents at a community meeting. “I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over. … ‘Let me search your car’ … Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me.”
Well, obviously, this screams of racism. Right? American Thinker discusses this in terms of the NY Times article, which includes the same mention, and wonders if this could have anything to do with Holder participating in a 5 day occupation of the “abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed,” The Daily Caller has learned.”
Or, it could just be coincidence, and have nothing to do with race or anything else. In fact, I had the same thing happen to me on I-195 by the Holmdel police, on the accusation that the officer couldn’t read the year sticker on my plate. He reached in an took a legal knife from the door pocket. Started searching the vehicle. For what? No clue. When he went to search the trunk without permission I told him to call a supervisor. Wasted two hours of time when I was trying to get back to college in NC. I know several other people who have had the same thing happen to them. The Holmdel PD was overstepping their bounds.
Or, it could be that Holder was *gasp* speeding and gave the officers reason to search the car.
“The eyes of the nation and the world are watching Ferguson right now,” Holder told a group of community leaders assembled at a local community college. “The world is watching because the issues raised by the shooting of Michael Brown predate this incident. This is something that has a history to it, and the history simmers beneath the surface in more communities than just Ferguson.” (snip)
The Justice Department is conducting a parallel investigation into possible civil rights violations related to the shooting. In an extraordinary move, he also ordered a federal autopsy – the third forensic examination of the body, which was hit at least six times by gunfire.
How is it possible for Officer Wilson to obtain a fair shake in, at a minimum, the civil rights violations investigation when the US Attorney General is stoking the flames of racial animosity?
Meanwhile, Holder, again, the nation’s top cop, said nothing, at least that was reported, about citizens of Ferguson having their businesses looted and destroyed, about how Officer Wilson was apparently attacked and injured by Brown, about the people who were intimidated and assaulted by Brown when he robbed the convenience store. What the citizens of Ferguson heard was that everything is racist against them, and they have a right to loot and riot. Justice is not blind to Eric Holder during his time as AG.