As rioters ran loose in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder issued their expected appeals for calm and vows to pursue “justice,” but the two men who elevated a routine street confrontation into a racial flashpoint weren’t getting off so easy.
In a statement issued after the grand jury’s decision was announced, Obama acknowledged that “deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color,” but said “there’s never an excuse for violence.”
Holder, meanwhile, the attorney general who launched a civil rights investigation of the Ferguson Police Department before even a fraction of the evidence was heard in the case, issued a statement laughably insisting his investigators still had an open mind about whether racial bias played a role in the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown during his fight with a police officer.
“And although federal civil rights law imposes a high legal bar in these types of cases, we have resisted forming premature conclusions,” Holder insisted.
Many Americans weren’t buying it.
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) November 25, 2014
Unreal. RT @DrewHampshire: Obama, days after amnesty order: “We are a nation built on the rule of law.”
— RB (@RBPundit) November 25, 2014
The protesters in ferguson are following the same rule of law that Obama is following .. Sad day 4 USA no leadership = 3rd world lawlessness
— Mark Wood (@markwood40) November 25, 2014
Did Obama, who just violated the constitution, say we are nation based on the rule of law? pic.twitter.com/sRus6SBCRV
— Dr. Marty Fox (@DrMartyFox) November 25, 2014
Fingers crossed? “@NolteNC: BREAKING: Obama says we are a nation built on the rule of law without being struck by lightning.”
— EricKjosMO (@EricKjos) November 25, 2014
Obama and Holder are personally responsible for pushing race relations back 50 years. They deliberately made #Ferguson a racial issue.
— victor (@lockdude09) November 25, 2014
— ctmommy (@ctmommy) November 25, 2014
— barbara knutsen (@Barbielk1) November 25, 2014
Where are the Ferguson community leaders, mayor, Al Sharpton, Governor, AG Eric Holder, President Obama….? A sad, disgusting display.
— Lou Dobbs (@loudobbsnews) November 25, 2014
Even more laughable in Holder’s statement was his request that both sides maintain restraint.
“Those who decide to participate in demonstrations should remember the wishes of Michael Brown’s parents, who have asked that remembrances of their son be conducted peacefully. It does not honor his memory to engage in violence or looting. In the coming days, it will likewise be important for local law enforcement authorities to respect the rights of demonstrators, and deescalate tensions by avoiding excessive displays—and uses—of force.”
The attorney general of the United States apparently considers men and women sworn to uphold the law on an equal basis with masked rioters who loot liquor stores and burn businesses.
#Ferguson. Eric Holder’s Insurrection.
— Joan of Argghh! (@JoanOfArgghh) November 25, 2014
The mess in Ferguson was brought to you by the Raice Baiter in Chief, Obama and his henchmen, Holder and Sharpton. Shame on them
— Melody (@prfekrdumbrella) November 25, 2014
They don’t know what the word means.
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