Video | Attorney General Eric Holder Announces Ferguson, MO Police Probe

AG Holder to Ron Johnson: We’re coming after the FPD, Brother, and your hands had better be clean.


Aug. 20, 2014 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake’s Place Restaurant in Florrissant, Mo.

Ametia:  “Liza and the rest of us at 3 Chics knows that NOTHING substantial is going to be resolved in Ferguson, until the POLICE DEPARTMENT has been fully investigated for their corruption, racial profiling, abuse and cover up for the murder of Michael Brown.

Liza:  “Thank God that AG Holder is going after ALL of the corruption, cover ups, and human rights abuses in Ferguson. And, sadly, I suspect we’ll eventually learn that what has been going on in that town is far worse than we imagined.”

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27 Responses to Video | Attorney General Eric Holder Announces Ferguson, MO Police Probe

  1. Baton Rouge cop resigns after he’s caught texting desire to ‘pull a Ferguson’ on ‘n*ggers’

    A police officer in Baton Rouge resigned Thursday after a local news channel revealed that he sent text messages in which he wished that fellow officers “would pull a Ferguson” on a “bunch of monkeys,” The Advocate reports.

    Fifteen-year-veteran Michael Elsbury resigned on Thursday after text messages he sent to a female friend were brought to the attention of his superiors. In one message, Officer Elsbury — whose patrol included the area around the historically black Southern University — wrote that blacks are “nothing but a bunch of monkeys,” and that the “only reason they have this job is the nigger, nigger in them.” It is unclear what “job” he is referring to.

    In another text, he wrote that “I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on them and take them out. I hate looking at those African monkeys at work…I enjoy arresting those thugs with their saggy pants.”

    After WBRZ reported on the text messages, the female friend turned her phone over to police, who spent two days combing through it in order to authenticate the messages. At 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday night, the Baton Rouge Police Department had collected enough evidence to place Officer Elsbury on administrative leave.

    On Thursday afternoon, he tendered his resignation.

    Police Chief Carl Dabadie said that “it was gut-wrenching to believe that someone had that much hate in them, especially a police officer who is out there enforcing the law every day. It made me sick to my stomach.” Chief Dabadie said that he understands how an incident like this could “cast a bad light” on the entire department, but hopes the community can appreciate the alacrity with which the incident was handled.

    GTFO, Michael Elsbury! I don’t care if the door knob hit you in the ass on your way out.

    • Liza says:

      What gets me is how shocked, shocked the Police Chief is that one of their very own officers had that much hate in him. Like they didn’t know. Like some white trash racist redneck cop from Baton Rouge could conceal his true opinions for 15 years. If he were that good maybe he should have been working undercover for the CIA.

  2. EXCLUSIVE: Ferguson Police Chief Lied About Michael Brown Surveillance Tape

    The chief of police for the Ferguson Police Department misled members of the media and the public when he asserted that his hand was forced in releasing surveillance footage that purported to show 17-year-old resident Michael Brown engaged in a strong-arm robbery at a convenience store hours before he was fatally shot by a police officer.

    Chief Thomas Jackson distributed copies of the surveillance tape at a press conference on Aug. 15 in tandem with the public release of the identity of the officer who was responsible for shooting Brown.

    When questioned by members of the press about the tape — which apparently had nothing to do with the fatal shooting of the unarmed teenager — Jackson told reporters that he was legally obligated to release the tape because members of the media had submitted an open records requests for it.

    “We’ve had this tape for a while, and we had to diligently review the information that was in the tape, determine if there was any other reason to keep it,” Jackson said at the press event. “We got a lot of Freedom of Information requests for this tape, and at some point it was just determined we had to release it. We didn’t have good cause, any other reason not to release it under FOI.”
    Jackson later said that the officer who fatally shot Brown — identified as Officer Darren Wilson — did not know that Brown had allegedly been involved in a robbery earlier in the day when the officer confronted Brown on a Ferguson road hours later. When asked by a reporter why the agency would release the surveillance tape, even though it appeared to have nothing to do with the fatal shooting of the teenager, Jackson replied: “Because you asked for it.”

    However, a review of open records requests sent to the Ferguson Police Department found that no news organization, reporter or individual specifically sought the release of the surveillance tape before police distributed it on Aug. 15.

    Last month, TheBlot Magazine requested a copy of all open records requests made by members of the public — including journalists and news organizations — that specifically sought the release of the convenience store surveillance video. The logs, which were itself obtained under Missouri’s open records law, show only one journalist — Joel Currier with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch — broadly requested any and all multimedia evidence “leading up to” Brown’s death on Aug. 9.

    Other records that would have been subject to Currier’s request, including 9-1-1 call recordings and police dispatch tapes, have yet to be formally released by the agency.

    The logs contradict Jackson’s claim that “a lot” of reporters had specifically “asked for” the robbery surveillance tape through open records requests before his agency released the footage. The documents raise more questions about why the video — which, by the chief’s own admission, had nothing to do with the shooting death of the teenager — was released in the first place.

  3. Three troubling things exposed by the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown

    Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Justice Department had “opened a civil pattern or practice investigation into allegations of unlawful policing by the City of Ferguson (Missouri) Police Department (FPD).” This is welcome news given all the troubling things we have seen and learned since FPD Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American, on Aug. 9.

    We learned that the population of Ferguson is 67 percent black, but the police force is 83 percent white. We learned that while blacks are a majority of the population, “five of the six council members and the mayor are all white.” And we learned this was the case because even though blacks and whites voted at comparable rates during presidential elections — 54 percent and 55 percent, respectively, in 2012 — only six percent of African Americans (and 17 percent of whites) showed up at the polls for municipal elections the following year.

    But the Wilson shooting of Brown exposed three troubling things that can no longer be ignored.

    1.) Criminalizing and profiting from the poor through fees and fines
    2.) Alleged bad apples in the FPD
    3.) The militarization of the police

    More at the link above..

    • Ametia says:

      And if the FPD thinks that getting those body cams is going to stop the folks in Ferguson and us from asking why DARREN WILSON has not been CHARGED with murder yet…


      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        You are right on about that, Ametia!

        Side note:

        I think there should be a green light on those body cams to indicate that those cameras are turned ON so that citizens can report the officers that do not have them on.

        Also, when I saw the protesters railing against the police who were lined up facing them at the police headquarters with those body cams, I wondered if those officers might save the recordings to identify and later harass the protesters on a one-to-one basis. This, to me, would be heinous if it should happen. There ought to be an internet page where citizens can report police harassment. (a page that is protected from public view so that the police can’t read there.)

  4. Liza says:

    I feel sorry for the three black Ferguson cops. They are either worthy of the dancing racoon graphic or they’ve got some mighty interesting stories to tell the DOJ. So far they have kept a might low profile. They’re in a bad position, outnumbered as they are.

    • Ametia says:

      LOL @the dancing racoon graphic!

      Sorry; I’m just not into the go along to get along. FPD has hurt a lot of people…pilaged, robbed the citizens, falsely ticketed & arrested even committed murder/execution.

      Those 3 BLACK cops couldn’t have been that much in the “DARK”- (pun intended)

  5. Liza says:

    As a black man, AG Holder knows that this is the most important thing he will ever do as Attorney General, to bring these human rights abuses of black Americans into the light of day. Ferguson, sadly, has everything he needs to make an example of and hopefully turn around some of the worst abuses and set a new direction for the nation, finally.

    Thank you, AG Holder, and Godspeed.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Thank you, Mr. Attorney General.

    Thank you.

  7. Thank you, AG Holder, for the investigation of the Ferguson police depart. I’m still traumatized from seeing black people gassed, abused & guns being aimed on them.

  8. It’s dangerous for black ppl in America–> Louisiana Cop: “I hate looking at those African monkeys”.

    Louisiana Cop Allegedly Texts He Wants A ‘#Ferguson’ To Take Those ‘African Monkeys’ Out

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