Holder: Ferguson Police Need ‘Wholesale Change’

Eric Tucker, Yahoo! News, October 29, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that there was an obvious need for “wholesale change” in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department.

The statement at a forum in Washington came as the Justice Department continues a broad investigation into the practices of the police department following the Aug. 9 police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown. {snip}


In a question-and-answer session with a newspaper columnist at the Washington Ideas Forum, Holder would not say what the reforms should be or discuss potential leadership changes at the department. But he did say, “I think it’s pretty clear that the need for wholesale change in that department is appropriate.”


During a wide-ranging interview session, Holder was also asked about his 2009 characterization of the country as a “nation of cowards” when it comes to racial matters. He said he stood by those remarks and that the country was “still reluctant to talk about issues of race” and does so only during “episodic cases.”

When asked how he wanted to be remembered, Holder, who last month said he would resign as soon as a successor is confirmed, said, “As a person who tried to make the country better and used the power of his office to raise issues that too often were not addressed.”


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