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When two police officers of the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department were shot and wounded late on Wednesday night in the midst of renewed racial tensions, Attorney General Eric Holder released a statement calling the perpetrator a “punk,” but was unable to avoid defending the mob mentality of violence that created the atmosphere surrounding the shooting.

Holder chose to ignore myriad acts of violence perpetrated in the community since August, instead referring to the mobs as “nonviolent protesters” who were working for “reforms.”

The Attorney General, who has put himself at the center of events in the small suburb of St. Louis, tried to hit all the right notes in the written statement issued from his office, calling the crime “heinous” and wishing the wounded officers a speedy recovery, but he revealed his bias in a single sentence tucked between the platitudes.

“Such senseless acts of violence threaten the very reforms that nonviolent protesters in Ferguson and around the country have been working towards for the past several months.”

Although Holder pledged to “stand unequivocally against all acts of violence against cops,” in fact he was standing up for the hundreds of protesters who have wrecked havoc in the town since the August 9, 2014 incident when a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager who went for the cop’s gun during what should have been a routine stop.

Many residents of the predominantly black community claimed that peaceful prayer vigils held during the daylight hours gave way to arson, looting and street violence as outside agitators bused in from as far away as Chicago and the East Coast took advantage of the already volatile atmosphere.

Scenes of businesses being looted and torched were widely covered on cable news stations, yet the Attorney General of the United States saw only “nonviolent protesters” trying to work for “reforms.”

On Sunday, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney announced the arrest of a suspect who was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, three counts of armed criminal action and firing a weapon from a vehicle. The suspect claimed he was not aiming at the officers, one of whom was shot in the face.

Holder’s press release was at least a more dignified response than that of the president who chose social media to tweet a perfunctory message signed only with his lower case initials, “bo” as his comment on the attempted assassination of two uniformed officers in a war zone largely of his creation.

Here's Holder joke, er... press release in its full entirety:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Attorney General Holder Statement on the Overnight Shooting of Two Officers in Ferguson, Missouri
Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement Thursday on the overnight shooting of two officers in Ferguson, Missouri:

“This heinous assault on two brave law enforcement officers was inexcusable and repugnant. I condemn violence against any public safety officials in the strongest terms, and the Department of Justice will never accept any threats or violence directed at those who serve and protect our communities—from this cowardly action, to the killing of an officer in Philadelphia last week while he was buying a game for his son, to the tragic loss of a Deputy U.S. Marshal in the line of duty in Louisiana earlier this week. Such senseless acts of violence threaten the very reforms that nonviolent protesters in Ferguson and around the country have been working towards for the past several months. We wish these injured officers a full and speedy recovery. We stand ready to offer any possible aid to an investigation into this incident, including the department’s full range of investigative resources. And we will continue to stand unequivocally against all acts of violence against cops whenever and wherever they occur.”

 

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