Eric Holder, our outgoing Attorney General, held a press conference this week admitted that the “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” narrative was a lie.
That came out in the first minute of a twenty-five minute press conference spent mostly condemning the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department of institutional racism.
Bottom line from the Department of Justice: Hands Up Don’t Shoot is a lie and Michael Brown got exactly the justice he deserved.
We find Holder’s condemnation of the Ferguson Police Department to be a little outrageous. Here’s the basis for his accusation of institutional racism.
As detailed in our searing report … this investigation found a community that was deeply polarized; a community where deep distrust and hostility often characterized interactions between police and area residents.
A community where local authorities consistently approached law enforcement not as a means for protecting public safety, but as a way to generate revenue.
So the city of Ferguson used its Police Department to generate revenue. That’s a major function of every Police Department in the United States. Remember when, after the murder of two New York City police officers, New York City cops stopped writing tickets?
At precincts across the city, top brass are cracking the whip on summons activity and even barring many cops from taking vacation and sick days, The Post has learned.
Throughout the city, precincts are being ordered to hand up to borough commanders “activity sheets” indicating the number of arrests and summonses per shift, sources told The Post.
“Police officers around the city are now threatened with transfers, no vacation time and sick time unless they write summonses,” one union source said.
“This is the same practice that caused officers to be labeled racist and abusers of power.”
In at least one precinct, the brass backlash — which comes in the wake of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton ordering cops back on the job after The Post reported a 90 percent drop in ticket writing — is downright draconian.
“Everyone here is under orders — no time off” during the summons catch-up blitz, said one cop at the 105th Precinct in Queens.
“And the majority of [new]summonses written aren’t protecting the public in any way.
“But now they’re realizing how much revenue the city is losing and they’re enforcing their will upon us,” he said.
We’re waiting for the Attorney General to turn his “Civil Rights Division” loose on New York City. Waiting, but not holding our breath.
We’re also waiting for the Obama administration to give an award to Officer Darren Wilson – and to George Zimmerman – for being heroes and putting their lives on the line in defense of their communities.
We’re not holding our breath on that count either.
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