Missouri Lt. Governor – “There Is More Racism In The Justice Department Than Anywhere I See In St. Louis”
Lt. Governor Peter Kinder of Missouri has spoken out about the role the federal government’s played in stoking racial violence after a police shooting in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson last year.
In an interview with Newsmax TV host, Steve Malzberg, Kinder said candidly, “There’s more racism in the Department of Justice than anywhere in St. Louis.”
His remarks came after another round of violence erupted in the Ferguson in response to the DOJ’s report on the shooting of African-American teenager, Michael Brown by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, last August.
False testimony of witnesses, including by Brown’s friend and accomplice in the robbery, which were refuted by physical evidence, forensics and three autopsies created an immediate impression that Brown had been shot while attempting to surrender.
The “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” meme became so quickly and so firmly entrenched that even overwhelming factual evidence has failed to refute it. Professional athletes, musicians and even members of Congress adopted the pose of ‘hands up’ and it has been adopted as a rallying cry against even perceived racial animus.
Riots resulted in stores and businesses being looted and set afire as the rush to judgment inflamed the community.
Holder made a point of going to Ferguson, allegedly to calm the explosive situation down, but in fact his presence created the impression, bolstered by the media, that Brown was an innocent victim of discrimination by the white police officer and the entire Ferguson police force.
Three representatives of the Department of Justice attended Brown’s funeral in August, reinforcing the government’s position that the shooting was racially motivated rather than self-defense.
Although Wilson was absolved of any wrongdoing in the case of self-defense after Brown charged him during a stop in connection with a strong-arm robbery, Attorney General Eric Holder ordered the DOJ to investigate the incident to establish a federal civil rights charge against he officer.
The report did however claim that there is systemic racial prejudice rampant within the entire police force, which led to more rioting in the streets of Ferguson during the week. An arrest has been made in the shooting of two officers on Wednesday night in what may have been an assassination attempt.
Kinder’s comments on the Newsmax broadcast came as Ferguson was again in the spotlight after the release of the DOJ report.
“The whole blowup of this protest movement was based on a lie that never happened of ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.’ It was bad enough that the protesters were behaving that way. But we have a right to expect much more from the Attorney General, the head of the Justice Department of the United States and the president of the United States.
Instead what we got too often from them was the incitement of the mob and encouraging disorder in Ferguson. We’ve never seen a Department of Justice like this packed with hard left radical leftist lawyers. They are not like any Justice Department in American history. And Eric Holder is unlike any previous Attorney General…
There is much more racism in the Justice Department than anywhere I see in the St. Louis area. We are making progress. We have come an enormous way in the last fifty years.”