From Eric Holder: A Message to the People of Ferguson

Eric H. Holder Jr., St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 20, 2014

Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, the nation and the world have witnessed the unrest that has gripped Ferguson, Mo. At the core of these demonstrations is a demand for answers about the circumstances of this young man’s death and a broader concern about the state of our criminal justice system.

At a time when so much may seem uncertain, the people of Ferguson can have confidence that the Justice Department intends to learn–in a fair and thorough manner–exactly what happened.

Today, I will be in Ferguson to be briefed on the federal civil rights investigation that I have closely monitored since I launched it more than one week ago. I will meet personally with community leaders, FBI investigators and federal prosecutors from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to receive detailed briefings on the status of this case.

The full resources of the Department of Justice have been committed to the investigation into Michael Brown’s death. This inquiry will take time to complete, but we have already taken significant steps. Approximately 40 FBI agents and some of the Civil Rights Division’s most experienced prosecutors have been deployed to lead this process, with the assistance of the United States Attorney in St. Louis. Hundreds of people have already been interviewed in connection with this matter. On Monday, at my direction, a team of federal medical examiners conducted an independent autopsy.

We understand the need for an independent investigation, and we hope that the independence and thoroughness of our investigation will bring some measure of calm to the tensions in Ferguson. In order to begin the healing process, however, we must first see an end to the acts of violence in the streets of Ferguson. Although these acts have been committed by a very small minority–and, in many cases, by individuals from outside Ferguson–they seriously undermine, rather than advance, the cause of justice. And they interrupt the deeper conversation that the legitimate demonstrators are trying to advance.


At the same time, good law enforcement requires forging bonds of trust between the police and the public. This trust is all-important, but it is also fragile. It requires that force be used in appropriate ways. Enforcement priorities and arrest patterns must not lead to disparate treatment under the law, even if such treatment is unintended. And police forces should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.

Over the years, we have made significant progress in ensuring that this is the case. But progress is not an endpoint; it is a measure of effort and of commitment. Constructive dialogue should continue–but it must also be converted into concrete action. And it is painfully clear, in cities and circumstances across our great nation, that more progress, more dialogue, and more action is needed.

This is my pledge to the people of Ferguson: Our investigation into this matter will be full, it will be fair, and it will be independent. And beyond the investigation itself, we will work with the police, civil rights leaders, and members of the public to ensure that this tragedy can give rise to new understanding–and robust action–aimed at bridging persistent gaps between law enforcement officials and the communities we serve. Long after the events of Aug. 9 have receded from the headlines, the Justice Department will continue to stand with this community.


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  • MekongDelta69

    “Today, I will be in Ferguson to be briefed on the federal civil rights investigation that I have closely monitored since I launched it more than one week ago hang this evil racist White cop by his cojones.”

  • 744 words, yet he didn’t say anything.

    I think this is his way of saying that he wants to do something but knows that he won’t be able to do anything.

    Notice that the Feds haven’t tried to indict George Zimmerman yet?

  • anony

    Yeah, I have great confidence that “my people”Holder will bring JUSTICE to the entire procedures. Great confidence!

    • Conrad

      “No justice, no peace” should be OUR chant.

      • Tarczan

        No peace, no justice is my chant.

        • Uncle_Dan

          How about “Peace for Peace.” Has a nice Biblical ring to it.

          • I prefer the old testament to the new. Peace for peace sounds like some stoned hippie version of “an eye for an eye” which, I think, are maybe the best five words in the bible

          • Uncle_Dan

            Actually, the “stoned hippie” was Benjamin Netanyahu who, so disgusted with the imblance of the formula “land for peace” replied, “How about peace for peace.” In other words, retaliation instead of appeasement. Similar choice on offer in Ferguson.

          • David Ashton

            A big piece of the Middle East.

      • Copenhagen23

        No Department of Justice, we want peace.

      • Epiminondas

        “No facts, no peace” as Ann Coulter writes.

  • DaveMed

    I have to give him credit – this particular statement did not appear to involve any race-baiting.

    I’m quite shocked, really.

    • anony

      You need to read between the lines of what he said. For example, the “gaps” he wants to “bridge” are the gaps between the number of White police officers and black ones. He also wants to “bridge” the gap between the number of arrests between blacks and Whites.

      This man is anything but impartial when it comes to race. Eyes wide open. Ears too.

  • When a big gorilla (no racial meaning intended) beats up on a cop, tries to grab his gun, and then charges him, force has been used in an appropriate way.

    Holder, the creepy anti white psychopath, learned big words in school, never learned to honor the truth.

    BTW, did the phony send a get-well card to Officer Wilson? No? You can bet if it was an injured black cop who took out a violent white kid that the black cop would get a personal visit from Holder and from Obama.

    Damn anti-white racist pigs.

    • Tarczan

      Holder is the man responsible for the Waco massacre. He was no. 2 for Janet Reno and she wasn’t involved.

      • IstvanIN

        Really? Wow and the Waco people were White. Do we see a pattern?

      • Also someone who had a big hand in Waco was Jamie Gorelick, who later engineered the infamous “wall” between foreign military/CIA intel and domestic FBI etc intel that may have precluded us from seeing 9/11 come together.

  • dd121

    How would YOU like to have this racist white-hating attorney general decide your fate if you were white?

  • John Smith

    The funny thing is that Holder appears to be about 60-70% white.

    Just like millions of his fellow mulattoes, he is loyal to and is for all practical purposes BLACK…and very anti-white.

    Holder hates the very race that makes up a significant percentage of his own genetic makeup. He is just a militantly anti-white as the most coal black african.

    • Conrad

      65% is not enough.

    • dean53

      That’s because Holder is angry that he’s not all white. Instead, he’s way smarter than the average black… and he may also be smarter than the average white, but whites refuse to accept him as one of their own, because he’s not. Not even whites who are poorly educated and less intelligent than Holder will accept him. Blacks will accept him as one of their own and as their leader. But whites have many more and much better people to choose from as their leaders.

      • benvad

        That could be really gets at the mulatto. I see it in Japan, my kids are obviously half breeds but the Japanese tend to really like them.

        I’ve seen a couple of half breed Bantus (African/Black Americans), and people over here don’t fawn over them at all and by their looks, they seem to be disgusted and disappointed about the choices of these Japanese women.

    • SoCal88

      Years ago and south of the Mason-Dixon Line, Holder would have been referred to as a “high yellow”. I prefer “Snake in the Grass”.

      • Epiminondas

        That’s why we used to have anti-miscegination laws. Back then whites knew that the mulatto could not be assimilable in either the black or white societies, but would in bitterness become the leader in the black community. Obama and Holder are excellent examples.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    At the core of these demonstrations is a demand for answers about the circumstances of this young man’s death and a broader concern about the state of our criminal justice system.

    …which is a mess, right? Fortunately, you are here to heroically straighten it all out, Eric Hold-em-up.

  • Dave4088

    “This is my pledge to the people of Ferguson: Our investigation into this matter will be full, it will be fair, and it will be independent.”

    Since radical afro-mericans like Holder are trained to speak in a language civilized whites understand and respect while concealing his true intent, I will translate what the above passage really means:

    Make no mistake my peeps of color, I will use the awesome and unprecedented power of the Attorney General’s office and FBI to convict white officer Darren Wilson by any means necessary and regardless of the evidence.

    • Copenhagen23

      Just like OJ, Eric Holder will eventually get what he deserves.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    As usual, blacks accuse whites of racism and they get proven that they themselves are the prejudiced ones. The facts in this case have blown up in their faces, like the Trayvon Martin case did, like the Duke Lacrosse Rape hoax did, like the Professor Gates Cambridge MA police brutality incident did, like the Tawana Brawley rape hoax case did….. Blacks are hate filled racists who will scream racism all the time and they always get it wrong and it turns out it is them and their racial bias that is the real problem.

    • phillyguy

      another reason is since they don’t work and watch TV all day long, every commercial is of a shyster lawyer saying get free money from a lawsuit,, still looking to get free money anyway they can

  • Tarczan

    It seems obvious they want a conviction, but the facts are really against them. The feds get convictions over 90% of the time, they have unlimited resources. But it will be hard to railroad this guy with all the light on this case. They will shop around for a judge and work to get a darkie jury.

    Of course there is always the “denying civil rights” aspect.

    • phillyguy

      this poor policeman is going to get railroaded,

      • IstvanIN

        He is going down. Whites, including White cops, have no right to self-defense. And a huge percentage of Whites agree!

    • If Ofc Wilson is tried in state court, the jurisdiction will be St. Louis County, where he’ll have probably at least 10 white jurors out of 12. Remember, Wilson would be the defendant, so the Circuit Attorney has no legal way to force blacks on the jury.

      If he is tried in Federal court, the jurisdiction will be in eastern Missouri, with the trial itself at the roll-on deodorant building in Downtown St. Louis (“Eagleton Federal C.H.”), and the jury pool could come from a number of eastern Missouri counties, so again you’ll have an almost all white jury, and again because Wilson would be the defendant, the U.S. Attorneys and his assistants prosecuting the case would have no way to stack the jury with blacks.

      The black jury problem in the St. Louis area comes just about entirely from St. Louis City juries (St. Louis City being legally a separate county therefore having its own state trial level circuit and its own Circuit Attorney). And it’s when a black is a defendant that civil rights rules come into play that try to get blacks on the jury.

    • Uncle_Dan
  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    I will meet personally with community leaders, FBI investigators and federal prosecutors from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to receive detailed briefings on the status of this case.

    But not the Chief of Police or Officer Wilson, right Holder, you racist criminal liar!!

    Racist Marxists like Holder never change their playbook. He is dead set on finding Officer Wilson guilty of being White and not submitting to a beat down by a black criminal thug.

    Eric Holder is instituting the same process in Ferguson Missouri he used in Sanford Florida. The civil rights wing of the DOJ is dispatched into Ferguson. They are officially called the ‘Community Relations Service’ (CRS), and historically -in previous administrations- have been called upon when racial animus is a concern amid a local municipality.

    However, under the Eric Holder tenure, and as a specific mandate of the current administration, the CRS has been given a different mandate. The CRS is a statutorily protected secret entity within the DOJ, and is now the official racial advocacy network for the professional black grievance industry. As witnessed in the Trayvon Martin case the CRS now use their federal expense accounts to purchase venues for protest, contract audio/visual needs, purchase signs and professional media materials and purchase hotel rooms and coordinate airline flights and travel accommodations for the professional agitators. Many of the CRS professionals are within the AME network.

    Holder is not going to stop until Officer Wilson is imprisoned for life; his career and life have already been ruined.

    Again, Officer Wilson needs to get out of the country NOW and head to Moscow.

  • WR_the_realist

    It must be said that Eric Holder always stands up for the brothers. Will we ever have a politician or high level appointee in federal government who ever does the same for whites?

  • Midge

    Since Trayvon I’ve been noticing this slick thing of whites having to call the death of a black thug a “tragedy.” Its very phony pandering.

    • glennm


      • Alexandra1973

        Neither one for me. More like a “shaking my head, there they go again” feeling.

  • glennm

    i really cant read the words of this moron

  • “Our investigation into this matter will be full, it will be fair, and it will be independent.”

    – Er’iq “my people” Holda’

    I’m sure he just forgot to say impartial and unbiased. And by fair, he most certainly meant “fair to everyone” and not “fair, in the yellow eyes of the blacks”.

  • SoCal88

    Have no fear, Ratface is here. He has tasked hisself and the entire U.S. Justice Dept. to bring charges of violating Michael “The Gentle Giant” Brown’s “civil rights” against Officer Darren Wilson, trump up some charges, try him in a kangaroo court, and send him to federal prison for the rest of his life. This can’t be happening – must wake up – got a meeting at 9:00am.

  • SoCal88

    Two words: “It’s over”

    The meaning: Ferguson marks the end of the line for forced integration. Non-blacks must no longer be forced to live in the same communities as blacks. It far too dangerous and expensive, and non-black communities must have distinct and defensible perimeters.

    Remember Ferguson and Officer Wilson

    We’re done with it. It’s over

  • Alexandra1973

    This tragedy can give rise to new understanding, eh?

    I agree. I think because of this more and more are becoming aware.

    Probably not what Mr. “My People” meant….

  • Mark Caplan

    The city of Ferguson is 67% black and has been majority black since the 1990s. In other words, they’s the Man. They elected the mayor and city council. They have complete control over who governs them and who polices them.

    • jane johnson

      In their last municipal elections, there was a 6% voter turnout in the “community”.

      • Uncle_Dan

        Apparently, they are not very civic-minded.

  • jane johnson

    Following Holder’s “logic”, DOJ should be 87% non-black. Does anyone believe that to be true?

  • Dalliance

    I posted this over at Breitbart on the article about Eric Holder saying that “I’m also a black man”. I was very surprised to see it marked as spam and made to disappear (via a moderator, I assume).

    “Who’s your bro” does not provide the basis for advanced civilization. Racist blacks actually WANT whites to be racist so that we can all descend into tribalism. That’s how they see the world and that’s how they try to justify their tribal-like existence. Western culture (yes, Western) is above that and is forever trying to pluck that irritation (be it from blacks, whites, or whomever) out. Do blacks really want whites to go full-on tribal instead of seeking to adhere to what is best and most inclusive in Western culture?

    You may not agree with that sentiment (it may well-be that “Who’s your bro?” does provide the basis for advanced civilization if you’re a white man, but I was referring to the Western experiment of that not being the case), but perhaps it says something about what can be said or not said even in “impolite company” (apparently, not even Western culture can get a break). Thinking about it, I assume that it was deleted because it may have seemed to imply a threat, which seems laughable to me. I wasn’t aware that I had so much power!

    I did get one up-vote before it disappeared within a matter of seconds.

    Anyway, thought I’d share. (By the way, my original post to Breitbart was inspired by Jared’s “To Understand the Ferguson Riots, Look to Africa” article.)

    • Disqus has been having a lot of problems with non-spam comments being classified as spam.

      • Dalliance

        I hope that’s the case, actually (first time for me, though), so I can take off my martyr’s hat and update or withdraw my post here. Thanks.

  • ravitchn

    What do Muslim leaders and black leaders have in common? A refusal to condemn the evil done by their followers. This leads me to say that blacks when rioting are terrorists and should be treated as terrorists.

  • Whirlwinder

    Holder, you America hating Marxist and Muslim loving negro. Why don’t you take your Marxist DOJ lawyers you hired and skip the country. You are just inflaming the already deeply charged atmosphere in Ferguson. Get out of town & Washington D. C.


    He never bothered himself with this: americanthinker. com/2014/08/beaten_to_death_at_mcdonalds. html .