AG Holder Urging Police Restraint in Ferguson

No, that headline isn’t a typo. Holder is urging the police to be restrained when the Ferguson grand jury delivers its decision, which is expected to be exoneration of Darren Wilson.

Before a decision by a St. Louis County grand jury weighing the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer, Attorney General Eric Holder urged law enforcement authorities Friday to minimize the potential for confrontations during possible demonstrations.

So, let’s unpack this. We are likely to have people acting violently in public… that’s what the word “riot” means.


: a situation in which a large group of people behave in a violent and uncontrolled way

And the police are to “minimize the potential for confrontations”? Exactly how are they to do this, stay in the donut shops while the rioters do their thing in the streets?

Of course, he did have to toss a small warning to the potential rioters:

The attorney general also addressed those who may demonstrate after the decision, calling on them to “adhere to non-aggression and non-violence.”

“And so I ask all those who seek to lend their voice to important causes and discussions, and who seek to elevate these vital conversations, to do so in a way that respects the gravity of their subject matter,” Holder said.

However, even Obama “urged calm” during the first riots, and the rioters didn’t actually listen, did they? They’re likely to ignore Holder just as they did the Lightbringer.

That’s why this call for police restraint is so odious. We know there’s not likely to be a heck of a lot of restraint on the other side, if the police do nothing, the riots will be even worse than if the police nip it in the bud by cracking down hard and early.

So, why is Holder wanting the police to essentially let the rioters riot? I have my own ideas, but I’d like to hear yours. 🙂