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Eric Holder Vindicates Darren Wilson

Eric Holder’s Justice Department has completed its investigation into whether Ferguson cop Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown in cold blood for racist reasons when he shot the black teenager last August.

What did the massive six-month FBI investigation discover?

According to the Washington Post, “after canvassing more than 300 homes and reviewing physical, ballistic, forensic, medical and crime-scene evidence” and examining “Wilson’s personnel records, audio, and video recordings,” Justice concluded Wilson told the truth about what happened that Saturday in Ferguson.

Officer Wilson is innocent of the endless libels and slanders in the press and on television, and by street demagogues and the pack of liars who, under oath, told a St. Louis County grand jury that Brown had his hands up, crying, “Don’t shoot!” when Wilson cut him down.

The liars, however, will not be called out, nor will the perjurers be prosecuted. For Holder says, in the words of the Post, that “the discrepancy” between what happened and what the liars testified to “was due, in part, to a deeply rooted pattern of racial bias in the police department that had left the Ferguson community polarized.” Holder is saying that we must cut slack for folks who lied to get an innocent cop indicted for murder, because their community had been badly treated by Ferguson cops and courts.

And what about the nights and days of rioting, looting, arson, and anarchy in Ferguson and beyond following the death of Brown? Holder has an explanation for that, too.

[A]mid a highly toxic environment, defined by mistrust and resentment [of police], stoked by years of bad feelings and spurred by illegal and misguided practices, it is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg.

This, said Holder, was the root of the rage in Ferguson. Sorry, Eric, that dog won’t hunt.

When a powder keg goes off, there is a single explosion. And one can understand how, in the first or second night after the death of Michael Brown—originally seen as a shooting by a berserk cop who unloaded his weapon in broad daylight on a teenager—this could set folks off.

But this lawlessness went on, week after week after week, and involved not only rioting and rampages in Ferguson, but the blockage of streets, malls and stores, hundreds of miles away, up to Christmas.

And this rampant criminality was accompanied by the complicit silence of the president of the United States and his attorney general. When, ever, did either come down hard on the hoodlum element that exploited Ferguson?

Yet, while Wilson may be innocent, says Holder, the Ferguson police department and courts are steeped in white racism. The proof of this? Though African-Americans are 67 percent of the population of Ferguson, they account for 93 percent of all arrests.

But these figures prove nothing. According to the FBI crime statistics of recent years, though African-Americans are 13 percent of the population, they account for one-third to one-half of all violent crimes.

In Washington, D.C., African-Americans are half the population. But they are responsible for a huge percentage of all the robberies, rapes, assaults, and murders, and especially the interracial crimes of violence. What should it be any different in Ferguson?

And if Ferguson is such a racist hellhole, why have black folks moved there from St. Louis, and why did only 6 percent of African-Americans go to the polls in the election prior to the Brown shooting? Does that sound like a community on fire with resentment over a racist city regime?

As evidence of the racism in the Ferguson Police Department, Justice produced, seven, count ’em, “seven racist e-mails,” said the Post. Here, to the Post, are three of the most horrible:

A November 2008 e-mail, for instance, stated that President Obama could not be president for very long because ‘what black man holds a steady job for four years?’ Another e-mail described Obama as a chimpanzee. An e-mail from 2011 showed a photo of a bare-chested group of dancing women apparently in Africa with the caption: ‘Michelle Obama’s High School Reunion.’

This is it? The FBI plowed through eight years of emails from the Ferguson P.D. and came up with this? And for this, Ferguson goes into the history books alongside the Sand Creek and Fort Pillow massacres?

In its March 5 editorial, “A Chilling Portrait of Ferguson,” the New York Times bewails the “entrenched racism in the Ferguson police force.” But the real story of Ferguson is the entrenched bigotry that propelled a mob-like rush to judgment by journalists and race hustlers that ruined the life of an honest cop who did his duty and told the truth.

In this version of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Darren Wilson is Tom Robinson—the victim of anti-white racism—and St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch is Atticus Finch.

Think Hollywood would be interested in doing this terrific story?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority. [1] Copyright 2015 Creators.com.

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11 Comments To "Eric Holder Vindicates Darren Wilson"

#1 Comment By Leo H On March 6, 2015 @ 7:03 am

Wow…DOJ did its job. A little bit at least. At least regarding Wilson. Pleasantly surprised DOJ went with the obvious truth. Of course, the Ferguson PD got the sacrifice. Whether this was ritual or real, presently unknown.

#2 Comment By collin On March 6, 2015 @ 9:23 am

Would it have pained you to say you appreciated Eric Holder gave Darren Wilson a fair review because six months ago you were not confident Eric Holder would not treat him fairly? Reading the report it is apparent that the Ferguson police force does not themselves public servants to the community so the protest did have some justifications. (Not the looting and rioting.)

#3 Comment By Steve On March 6, 2015 @ 10:01 am

This is embarrassing for TAC- just like most of Buchanan’s work. The DOJ report is a story of a police department that routinely violated the constitution so that it could use the poorer residents as ATMs. That’s appalling and we should be shocked that this kind of thing could happen in America. But I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that Buchanan has no qualms about defending the actions of a deplorable group of people.

#4 Comment By Johann On March 6, 2015 @ 10:29 am

Its not a whole lot different than the who-killed-Nemtsov? blame game. The ideologues have stated that well, no matter what details come out, its ultimately Putin’s fault because he has created the environment that resulted in his killing. So they’ve fixed the narrative to where the facts don’t matter. And so they don’t have to be bothered with any troubling facts down the road.

Same thing here. While its important to know the culture of the Ferguson police department, that should not excuse the rush to judgement on the individual officer who was apparently fully justified in his self defense. And it does not excuse the criminal behavior of the man killed. That’s right, man – not boy. That was part of the propaganda. And it does not excuse the culture of crime in virtually ALL black inner city neighborhoods. What Eric Holder did was give them all an official pass.

#5 Comment By Jeff On March 6, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

Now that The Dish is no longer running, I have turned to The American Conservative for thoughtful, reasoned argument on political matters, both local and global in reach. This article does not meet the standards of the other writers on this page. Instead, rather than offering tempered analyses, we have political vitriol without a hint of reflexive consideration. Is it any wonder that Pat Buchanan provides a selective reading of racialized political scenarios in the U.S.? The other writers on this website are substantially stronger.

#6 Comment By Alan On March 6, 2015 @ 12:14 pm

Darryl Wilson is a foul-mouthed lout who shouted at Michael Brown to get the f**k out of the street, whipping his patrol car around, tires smoking, when Brown didn’t hop to.

If that is the level of professionalism in policing that your community aspires to, go ahead and hire Wilson. I understand he is not employed.

#7 Comment By Spengler On March 6, 2015 @ 12:16 pm

The report vindicates Wilson, and yet shows he is part of what really is a police force that is non longer protecting or serving their community. One doesn’t need to be some bleeding heart to realize that Ferguson’s PD is a disgrace to what police are suppose to be.

#8 Comment By LauraNo On March 6, 2015 @ 3:03 pm

How naive of you, if that’s what you are being. They didn’t file a report until they knew what the physical evidence was, and then they made him a story to fit it. Were you born yesterday or did you not follow the case?

#9 Comment By Kurt Gayle On March 6, 2015 @ 4:25 pm

Since the original Ferguson incident back in August, Pat Buchanan has taken a lot of grief from some TAC commenters who were swept along by the media-driven rush to judgment.

Just for the record, in its March 4th “Darren Wilson Is Cleared of Rights Violations in Ferguson Shooting,” the New York Times reported the following:

“Offering the most definitive account yet of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager that stirred racially charged protests across the country, the Justice Department has cleared a Ferguson, Mo., police officer of civil rights violations in the death last August of Michael Brown. In an 86-page report released Wednesday that detailed and evaluated the testimony of more than 40 witnesses, the Justice Department largely corroborated or found little credible evidence to contradict the account of the officer, Darren Wilson, who is white.

“Versions of events that sharply conflicted with Mr. Wilson’s were largely inconsistent with forensic evidence or with the witnesses’ previous statements, the report said…’Those witness accounts stating that Brown never moved back toward Wilson could not be relied upon in a prosecution because their accounts cannot be reconciled with the DNA bloodstain evidence and other credible witness accounts.’

“…Several witnesses said Mr. Brown, 18, had his hands up in surrender when he died, leading to violent clashes in Ferguson and nationwide protest featuring chants of ‘Hands up, don’t shoot.’ But federal agents and civil rights prosecutors rejected that story, just as a state grand jury did in November when it decided not to indict Mr. Wilson…”

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#10 Comment By Lee A. On March 6, 2015 @ 5:12 pm

The report does not conclude that Darren Wilson told the truth. What it actually says is “There is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety”

Also, the report is pretty scathing in its condemnation of the Ferguson police department

#11 Comment By Rick On March 7, 2015 @ 7:39 pm

Thank you Pat. As always, glad to see there is still some common sense in this world.

The “dirt” the DOJ came up with against Ferguson was not very impressive. It was pretty obvious they had to come up with something…so they did.