United States Attorney General Eric Holder has announced his intention to "broadly review" police tactics. The stated intention may be noble, but Holder has amassed a lengthy track record of empty posturing. A career prosecutor, he has as of late gone to great lengths to paint himself as a prison reformer. A compliant lapdog media fails to delve into how this purported prison reformer has overseen the incarceration of more individuals than any preceding U.S. attorney general and instead simply regurgitates Holder's self-serving stories.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will examine police misconduct, but exempt the prosecutors who largely enable it
Pressure for federal action to review law enforcement has been growing. The growing body of evidence against the police has come about through the ubiquitousness of cell phones. They have contributed significantly to a veritable flood of videos highlighting obnoxious, abusive and outright criminal behavior on the part of law enforcement from departments throughout the country. Recent videos have shown police officers beating, robbing and murdering an assortment of victims, predominantly from minority communities. Holder was quick to inject himself into the events in Ferguson, Missouri after public outrage swelled in response to the police execution of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown.
Holder, who has recently voiced a variety of concerns about police conduct since in the wake of the Brown shooting, spoke on October 8th in Little Rock, AR. at a meeting of police chiefs organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Unarmed teenager Michael Brown's murder was just the latest in a long line of police crimes against the citizens of Ferguson, MO
"The Justice Department is working with major police associations to conduct a broad review of policing tactics, techniques and training,'' Mr. Holder said.
Holder said that the goal of the review is to help police departments around the country "confront emerging threats, better address persistent challenges, and thoroughly examine the latest tools and technologies to enhance the safety and the effectiveness of law enforcement.''
Holder has expressed lofty goals for the review. He said that he wants the effort to "provide strong, national direction on a scale not seen since President Lyndon Johnson's Commission on Law Enforcement nearly half a century ago.''
Conspicuously absent from Holders broad review will be any inquiry into how prosecutors continue to enable police violence against the public. The stunning lack of accountability has given rise to a pervasive mentality among police where they feel secure in committing even the most egregious acts. What may have begun as simply affording police the "benefit of the doubt" has morphed into a nearly irrebuttable presumption of infallibility.
The epidemic of police violence, which may objectively be viewed as a form of State sponsored terrorism, is largely fueled by a refusal of state and federal prosecutors to act decisively in curbing these excesses. Prosecutors disingenuously point to grand juries that refuse to indict police. Yet these are the same prosecutors who brag about being able to "indict a ham sandwich." Prosecutors control the grand jury process and can almost always achieve the desired outcome. When there is a failure to indict, it may safely be assumed that it was the desired goal.
Prosecutor Robert McCulloch has exhibited a strong pro-police bias throughout his career
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch is the man tasked with prosecuting Michael Brown's killer, officer Darren Wilson. While the grand jury is still in session, multiple media reports cast serious doubt on an indictment being returned. McCulloch has a strong pro-police background and comes from a family with deep ties to law enforcement. His father, a St. Louis police officer, was killed in the line of duty when McCulloch was 12. He grew up with dreams of a career in law enforcement, but lost his right leg to cancer. He instead went on to become the St. Louis County prosecutor, and a staunch defender of the police.
Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson remains uncharged and on paid leave since the Brown killing
"Nobody thinks Michael Brown can get a fair shake from this guy," said Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman and vocal critic of McCulloch. "There is very little faith, especially in the black community, that there would ever be a fair trial."
St. Louis Alderman Antonio French holds little hope of police accountability in the Brown shooting