The phrase “SH**TTING BRICKS” comes immediately to mind. As in “That’s what you’d be doing the moment you found out that the President of the United States had sent the Attorney General across the country to personally investigate you.” People in Pakistan have found themselves bombed by flying robots on lower authority than that.
Yes, Muslim atheist Barry Soetero just an hour ago issued a statement in regard to the situations in both Iraq and Missouri…perhaps the first, though probably not the last, time the two will ever be mentioned in the same sentence. Both involve militarization of a radicalized minority, oppression, murder and imprisonment of the native population, and heavily armored vehicles. Big ones.
Read Obama’s statement on sending Holder to investigate Ferguson police below.
“This afternoon, I met with…Attorney General Eric Holder. The Justice Department has opened an independent, Federal civil rights investigation into the death of Michael Brown. They are on the ground, and along with the FBI they are devoting substantial resources to that investigation. The Attorney General himself will be travelling to Ferguson on Wednesday to meet with the FBI agents and DOJ personnel who will be conducting the Federal criminal investigation, and he will receive an update from them on their progress.
He will also be meeting with other leaders in the community whose support is so critical for bringing about peace and calm in Ferguson. Ronald Davis, the DOJ’s office of community order and policing services (or COPS) is also travelling to Ferguson tomorrow to work with police officials on the ground. We’ve also had experts from the DOJ’s community relations service working in Ferguson since the days after the shooting to foster conversations among the local stakeholders to reduce tensions among the community. So, let me close just saying a few words about the tensions there.
We have all seen images of protesters and law enforcement in the streets. It’s clear that the vast majority of people are peacefully protesting. What’s also clear is that a small minority of individuals are not. While I understand the passions and the anger that arise over the death of Michael Brown, giving into that anger by looting or carry guns, or even attacking the police, only serves to raise tensions and stir chaos. It undermines, rather than advancing, justice.
Let me also be clear that our constitutional right to speak freely, to assemble and to report in the press must be vigilantly safeguarded. Especially in moments like these. There’s no excuse for excessive force by police, or any action that denies people the right to protest peacefully.
Ours is a nation of laws — for the citizens who live under them, and the citizens who enforce them.
So, to the community in Ferguson that is hurting, and rightly looking for answers, let me call once again for us to seek some understanding rather for us to simply holler at each other. Let’s seek to heal, rather than to wound each other. As Americans, we’ve got to use this moment to seek out our shared humanity that’s been laid bare by this moment. The potentials of a young man, the sorrows of parents, the frustrations of a community, the ideals that we hold as one united American family.
(Quick aside…let’s all take a few moments to imagine what Mitt Romney would have said to the 47 percent here, had he been elected.)
I’ve said this before in too many communities around the country: A gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement. In too many communities, too many young men of color are left behind, and seen only as objects of fear. Through initiatives like ‘My Brothers’ Keeper,’ I’m personally committed to changing both perception and reality. And already we’re making some significant progress. There’s people of good will of all races, ready to chip in.
But that requires that we build, and not tear down. That requires we listen, and not just shout. That’s how we’re going to move forward, together. By trying to unite each other, and understand each other, and not simply divide ourselves from one another. We’re going to have to hold tight to those values in the days ahead; that’s how we bring about justice, and that’s how we bring about peace.
Incidentally, it’s worth remembering that the DOJ instructed the Ferguson PD not to release the robbery tape character assassination days ago, before things became violent. Why? Because they were afraid it would backfire, and result in violence.
Mitt, back to you.