Diary

Did anyone read Holder's statement on Ferguson?

The one he issued Monday is mind-boggling to me. Here is it in its entirety with some comments from here in the cheap seats.

Attorney General Statement on Latest Developments in Federal Civil Rights Investigation in Ferguson, MO

As I informed the President this afternoon, the full resources of the Department of Justice are being committed to our federal civil rights investigation into the death of Michael Brown.

During the day today, more than 40 FBI agents continued their canvassing of the neighborhood where Michael Brown was shot. As a result of this investigative work, several new interviews have already been conducted.

40 – 40!! – FBI agents have been sent in already and the entire DOJ – over 100,000 people on the federal payroll – is at their disposal. So this has taken priority over everything else they are involved in across the country? Seriously? And do you think he’s going to pour millions of dollars of resources in without everyone knowing the answer he plans to get is “racist cop guns down innocent young angel”?

Moreover, at my direction, an additional medical examination is being performed on the body of Michael Brown. This autopsy is being performed today by one of the most experienced medical examiners in the United States military. I am confident this additional autopsy will be thorough and aid in our investigation.

So neither the local people nor Baden knew what they were doing? Could his expert at least look at their findings first? Could it be that this ME already knows how the results are supposed to come out so that it will “aid” the investigation?

In addition to updating the President on these developments, I informed him of my plan to personally travel to Ferguson Wednesday. I intend to meet with FBI investigators, and prosecutors on the ground from the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney’s Office officials about the ongoing investigation.

This is 2014. Does he really need to fly over there to get an update?

I realize there is tremendous interest in the facts of the incident that led to Michael Brown’s death, but I ask for the public’s patience as we conduct this investigation. The selective release of sensitive information that we have seen in this case so far is troubling to me. No matter how others pursue their own separate inquiries, the Justice Department is resolved to preserve the integrity of its investigation. This is a critical step in restoring trust between law enforcement and the community, not just in Ferguson, but beyond.

The local DA is already rushing into grand jury testimony to try to get the cop indicted. Gee, should they maybe wait to see what the hundreds of people from the DOJ come up with first?

In order to truly begin the process of healing, we must also see an end to the acts of violence in the streets of Ferguson. Those who have been peacefully demonstrating should join with law enforcement in condemning the actions of looters and others seeking to enflame tensions.

To assist on this front, the Department will be dispatching additional representatives from the Community Relations Service, including Director Grande Lum, to Ferguson. These officials will continue to convene stakeholders whose cooperation is critical to keeping the peace. Furthermore, as the President has announced, Ron Davis, our Director of the COPS office, will arrive on the ground in Ferguson Tuesday. Ron has been in touch with local and state officials since last week, providing technical assistance on crowd control techniques and facilitating communications between Missouri officials and other law enforcement officials whose communities have faced similar challenges in the past.

Hey cool. At least he mentioned the rioters, even if it was kind of an obligatory afterthought.