WH Huddles Ahead of Ferguson Outcome

Justin Sink, The Hill, November 18, 2014

The White House is bracing for potentially violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., as a grand jury decision appears imminent on whether to indict the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August.

President Obama’s top spokesman on Tuesday urged peace amid warnings that violence could again erupt in the St. Louis suburb if the grand jury decides not to bring charges against Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.


Obama has been meeting regularly with top officials within his administration–including Attorney General Eric Holder and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett–ahead of the expected announcement. He received a detailed briefing from the Justice Department on Nov. 7.

Later that day, the president also spoke with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) about the situation. Nixon on Monday declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard, telling reporters he had “a responsibility to plan for any contingencies that might arise” in the wake of the grand jury’s decision.

The White House on Tuesday sidestepped questions about the move, saying Nixon’s office was “making those decisions.” But Earnest did indicate that Obama and Nixon discussed “steps” that could be “taken to protect the community”–including the possible mobilization of the National Guard–during their phone conversation.


The White House, for its part, says the administration has been working hard to try to address deep-rooted concerns exposed by the Brown killing.

The president himself met with top civil rights leaders, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, a day after the midterm elections, to discuss a variety of topics, including Ferguson.

Sharpton told The New York Times that Obama “was concerned about Ferguson staying on course in terms of pursuing what it was that he knew we were advocating.”

“He said he hopes that we’re doing all we can to keep peace,” Sharpton added.


Earlier this month, the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services held a two-day training session with area police forces. Federal officials offered technical assistance and command-level law enforcement leadership training.

And in October, Justice Department leadership spent two days in the city to meet with police to discuss the federal investigation into whether the Ferguson Police Department had violated federal laws on discrimination. The federal officials also pushed Thomas Jackson, the chief of police in Ferguson, on identification requirements for officers serving in the field.

Holder and the Justice Department have resisted putting a specific timeline on that investigation or on the federal inquiry into the handling of Brown’s case. Federal investigators still have not concluded their investigation of the death of Trayvon Martin, another high-profile shooting of an unarmed black teen, which occurred in 2012.


The Justice Department, for its part, said Holder has “devoted significant resources to these investigations in order to ensure they are conducted in as thorough and expeditious a manner as possible.”

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  • I shudder to think what will happen if both amnesty and Ferguson happen on the same day.

    It’ll break the internet.

    • Tarczan

      More than bytes will be fling.

    • 48224

      It will break our country. Hopefully for the good though. Being from Detroit I am used to be ruled by blacks. We didn’t like it and had to move out of the city but I totally understand how things go with blacks in charge. Most whites fail to realize that EVERY issue is a racial to blacks. Except of course when a black man rapes and kills a pregnant white woman….then it’s NOT about race.

      Maybe whites will wake up after this. I actually hope blacks riot and BHO & Holder take the side of the rioters. Then, MAYBE the rest of the country will learn what I did the hard way being raised in Detroit.

      • Michael Mason

        Most whites already have a fraction of racial understanding; they’re just to wrapped up in their own personal lives to realize that our people and our civilization as a whole are being screwed.

        • pcmustgo

          Bread and Circus. Celebrities and Reality TV.

        • pcmustgo

          Most people, including most whites I have met in life, hate watching or following the news. They’ll watch lions on the nature channel, or cartoons, soap operas, tv shows, etc. The news is “too negative” for them.

    • Michael Mason

      Two pivotal moments in our society’s downfall to decadence.

    • archer

      Amnesty is a done deal and the republicans were involved with it, they are totally useless. Limbaugh gave a great opening monologue the day after the election, when he said “the people don’t suddenly love republicans, you were put in office to stop the country from going over the cliff”, I’m sure they weren’t listening.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    I’m not in the least bit surprised that Holder has “devoted significant resources” to investigating Darren Wilson. Hell, just last week I read that the DOJ was still investigating George Zimmerman for possible civil rights charges. Investigating non-blacks who kill blacks appears to be all the DOJ cares about investigating. Oh, that and how “racist” asking for an ID to vote is.

    • See The Future

      Holder should be in prison

  • 48224

    I wonder why BHO and Holder aren’t on TV telling blacks to stay calm and not loot and riot if they don’t like the verdict????? Why on EARTH wouldn’t our first black president be doing that? Hmmmmm? I can’t help but wonder if rioting, looting, burning and destroying haven’t become accepted black behavior when they don’t get their way?

    • See The Future

      BHO has been fanning the flames of racial hatred since he was elected. He has done more to set back race relations than any person in history. Every black on white crime in Amerika is on him.

  • drattastic

    You mean the white house is hoping for violent protest and will be high 5ing all around when it happens. Then drop the other shoe of illegal executive amnesty to further cut a path of destruction.

  • MekongDelta69

    The entire regime wants riots so badly, they are salivating. It’s a two-fer for them. Blacks riot against Whites. Whites get distracted and don’t notice this Dictator just gave millions of browns amnesty.

    Win-win for them.
    Lose-lose for us.

  • Daniel

    The problem in St. Louis is that the governor of the state is a woefully effeminate democrat.
    A nationalist governor would have already announced the grand jury verdict during the coldest day of the polar vortex with NO advance warning whatsoever.
    The National Guard would be mobilized. A call would have been put out to armed citizens at the community level to organize and defend their neighborhoods.
    Outside agitators would be arrested…..and that includes Holder and Sharpton.
    Any group threatening any law enforcement officer would be arrested for terroristic threats.
    THAT…….is the law as it exists today.
    WHY is it not being enforced?
    Because our elected officials are debased and effeminate borderline homosexuals.

    • See The Future

      and corrupt to the core at all levels.

  • Max

    If the chitlins actually hit the fan in Mo. over this verdict, the gov. will be placing the N.G. and the St. L police to ensure that no blacks are harmed by racist whites trying to protect themselves. Blacks may as well have bulletproof vests because the law will be politically terrified of the whitehouse and swarms of professional black racists and their enablers. Any more blacks killed or seriously injured by whites, despite the justification, will cause a national cascade. Whites will be kept in line.

  • George Costanza

    Anybody catch Bill O’Reilly tonight?? Really can’t stand him….They showed a clip from msnbc with a Missouri Senator talking about how the justice system and DWB(Driving While Black) is a problem in America..(rolls eyes)

    And then O’Reilly concedes that it might be true….

    I was disappointed when he said that, so much evidence to the contrary.. Newt got his facts mixed up as well, when he was arguing about food stamps with Sharpton on MSNBC..Newt sayng that Whites collect more food stamps than blacks.

    Which a 2009 piece done in the NYTimes proves that blacks collect more food stamps…

    These “conservatives” need to do some more research, because if we have two of the most powerful voice in the conservative movement saying crazy [email protected]#t like this we’re doomed!!!

    • Daniel

      O’Reilly has a narcissistic superiority complex where he admonishes everyone else about being judgmental……but only he gets to pop off occasionally.
      He is on a seriously delusional sanctimonious trip. He should be called out and slapped.
      Newt is a senile has been.

    • See The Future

      Essentially two white Sharptons. Traitors

  • willbest

    If the blacks had any sense of self preservation, they would be rioting over executive amnesty for 5 million+ competitors for low skill jobs and welfare checks. Good thing the administration’s race agitators were able to whip up the community over some justifiable killing of a black thug by a white cop, so the black community, such as it is, would have something else to focus on.

    • Why would they ever riot about this when they never vote like they care about this? I can’t think of a single example of black voters turning out a black immigration enthusiast politician with immigration being a major factor in the campaign. While whites don’t do it as often as they should, we at least do it sometimes, including a few examples this year.

  • jayvbellis

    I thought Eric Holder had resigned.

    • He’s not going to quit until his successor is confirmed. And the big hangup is which side of January 3 the confirmation hearings will be for Loretta Lynching.

  • archer

    Willing to bet the grand jury has had a verdict for quite some time, they are hoping to put some distance between the verdict and the actual event hoping that things will die down some. There are too many actors involved now to let that happen.

    • Seminumerical

      Canadian hockey riots aside, rioters prefer to riot in warm weather.

  • ThatWhiteGuy

    Even if Officer Wilson gets let off by the grand jury, there is no way the Department of “Justice” will let him walk away from this. Such is the way of Holder and whoever replaces him.

  • An Affirmative Action hire (Eric Holder) is again wasting taxpayer dollars trying to prove it was ‘racism’ responsible for a shooting and not black criminality.

    White people need a country of their own.

  • Lygeia

    Holder has “devoted significant resources” to investigating Darren Wilson. This means that Darren Wilson is now a targeted individual.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    If a black police officer shot an unarmed white high school honor student, there wouldn’t be any grand jury investigation, and the cop would be promoted to assitant attorney general under Holder.