Thursday, March 5, 2015

Unlike most in the media, I actually read the Ferguson Report and Attorney General Eric Holder's comments about it.

What Holder said when releasing the report was telling. Simply put, Holder acknowledged the career prosecutors investigating possible criminal actions by Wilson could not find anything. 

But the DOJ Civil Rights Division did find a pattern of civil rights abuses. This is the same Civil Rights Division that, according to one whistleblower, Christian Adams, did not pursue actions against the New Black Panther Party in Phila. after receiving instructions from the NAACP to do so.

This is the same Civil Rights Division which will find a racist behind every tree and a racist conspiracy in every institution. The report is red meat to satisfy those who dwell in the fever swamps of the left.

Here are Holder's comments. The salient points are highlighted:

"This morning, the Justice Department announced the conclusion of our investigation and released a comprehensive, 87-page report documenting our findings and conclusions that the facts do not support the filing of criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson in this case.  Michael Brown’s death, though a tragedy, did not involve prosecutable conduct on the part of Officer Wilson. "

"This conclusion represents the sound, considered, and independent judgment of the expert career prosecutors within the Department of Justice.  I have been personally briefed on multiple occasions about these findings.  I concur with the investigative team’s judgment and the determination about our inability to meet the required federal standard. "
"This outcome is supported by the facts we have found – but I also know these findings may not be consistent with some people’s expectations.  To all those who have closely followed this case, and who have engaged in the important national dialogue it has inspired, I urge you to read this report in full. "
 "I recognize that the findings in our report may leave some to wonder how the department’s findings can differ so sharply from some of the initial, widely reported accounts of what transpired.  I want to emphasize that the strength and integrity of America’s justice system has always rested on its ability to deliver impartial results in precisely these types of difficult circumstances – adhering strictly to the facts and the law, regardless of assumptions.  Yet it remains not only valid – but essential – to question how such a strong alternative version of events was able to take hold so swiftly, and be accepted so readily. "
"A possible explanation for this discrepancy was uncovered during the course of our second federal investigation, conducted by the Civil Rights Division to determine whether Ferguson Police officials have engaged in a widespread pattern or practice of violations of the U.S. Constitution or federal law. "

One of the more risible arguments made in the report is that Ferguson relies on fines for revenue and exhorts police to write more tickets to get more revenue. As if the federal government, state government, or even cities do not practice. Ferguson is not alone -  my recent experience with a parking fine in Philadelphia will attest to this.

The fact that these enforcement actions disproportionately affect African-Americans in a city  in which African-Americans are a majority is no great revelation. Nonetheless, the DOJ makes the racial disparity argument as if it were proof of racism. It is not. If it were than the disparity of African-American crime victims, professional athletes etc would also prove racism and that is ludicrous.

Obviously, the Civil Rights Division approached their work with a preconceived outcome. Their report is nothing more than tendentious work. It is the product of a witch hunt.


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