Feb. 19, 2015

Holder’s Final Legacy: Civil Rights Charges for Ferguson

Attorney General Eric Holder needed some kind of retribution after the world watched Ferguson, Missouri, burn when the grand jury announced officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the death of Michael Brown. The civil rights charges against the officer didn’t stick, either, so Holder hinted this week that the Department of Justice may prosecute the city’s police department for a culture of civil rights violations. A St. Louis nonprofit filed a federal lawsuit alleging Ferguson was keeping the coffers full by running something of a debtor’s prison, so DOJ prosecutors met with the lawyers on that case. In a statement, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said, “We believe this lawsuit is disturbing because it contains allegations that are not based on objective facts.” But this is Holder’s last hurrah, and “objective facts” don’t matter. In the last few days before Loretta Lynch replaces Holder, he’s going to come down on the Ferguson Police Department as if it was a police force controlled by the KKK during Reconstruction. More…

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