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Surprise, surprise: Elijah Cummings gives strong statement in support of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson

Like most who watched yesterday’s House hearing about the Secret Service, I pretty much tuned out when Ranking member Elijah Cummings was bloviating, er..delivering his lengthy opening statement.

However, amid his ramblings, Cummings surprisingly delivered a stirring defense of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo. police office who shot and killed Michael Brown.

Here’s the video: The relevant segment is from 15:00-16:30

http://www.c-span.org/video/?321679-1/oversight-hearing-white-house-security&start=505

Here’s the money quote:

“..They ( the Secret Service) have an extremely difficult job. Like others in similar positions ( like maybe you are referring to law enforcement here, Elijah?)  they are required to make INSTANT life or death decisions in extremely stressful circumstances..”

Officer Wilson will be the pinata for every racial huckster and politician who believe the police are the problem. He will likely face criminal charges.I trust that at his trial, his defense will offer Cumming’s strong statement of support.