Before Eric Holder leaves the Justice Department in the next few weeks, he is determined to clear up the lingering embarrassment that is Ferguson, Missouri. Insiders say there is not one chance in a million that Holder will bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, and that leaves the self-styled civil rights leader with egg on his face.
In an obvious attempt to save what’s left of his reputation, Holder may sue the Ferguson Police Department over a broad spectrum of racial discrimination issues. According to CNN’s sources, the Ferguson PD has two choices: comply with the demands to review and revise their tactics or face a lawsuit. When CNN spoke to Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, he said merely, “Everything they suggested in the past has been reasonable and we have tried to comply.”
Holder spoke of the two investigations – the one into Brown’s death and the one into the Ferguson PD – at the National Press Club last Tuesday. “I think everybody will see when we announce our results that the process that we have engaged in is, as I said back at the time when I went to Ferguson, independent, thorough and based on all the facts. And I am confident that people will be satisfied with the results that will be announced.”
Judging by lawsuits already filed against the Ferguson PD, there do appear to be issues in the department worthy of examination. That said, this lawsuit – this investigation – would not be happening were it not for the backlash over Michael Brown. Holder, who has made his entire tenure as attorney general about race and guns, saw no choice but to stick his nose into the controversy.
Last November, Holder said that Brown’s death was proof that “the struggle goes on” before comparing the circumstances surrounding his death with those of Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old murdered in 1955 after flirting with a white woman. In these comments and others, Holder has drawn his line in the sand and exposed his prejudices. To have to come back a few months later and admit that the Ferguson grand jury got it right after all is embarrassing, no matter how you slice it. That’s why he’s drumming up talk of a lawsuit against the department. Not to make sure Ferguson is properly policed, but to protect his own legacy.
Sorry to tell you, Eric, but that legacy is unsalvageable. Don’t waste the taxpayer’s money trying to recover from your sad tenure as AG. If it makes you feel any better, you will be quickly forgotten. You served under the worst president in modern times, and Obama will bear the lion’s share of the criticism. Feel free to retire in peace, set your speaking fee, and write your book. I can’t say the country is in good hands – not yet – but rest assured it’s better off without you.