Holder Issues Statement Condemning ‘Repugnant’ Ferguson Cop Shooting


Attorney General Eric Holder released a statement this morning on the shooting of two cops outside the Ferguson police department. The officers are seriously wounded and are currently in the hospital.

Holder immediately condemned the “cowardly” attack on the officers as “inexcusable and repugnant.” He said that taking such actions goes against the very ideals Ferguson protesters have been striving for.

Last week Holder had unveiled the DOJ report on racially-motivated police practices in Ferguson, and several city officials (along with the chief of police) in the name of bringing about reform.

You can read Holder’s full statement below:

This heinous assault on two brave law enforcement officers was inexcusable and repugnant. I condemn violence against any public safety officials in the strongest terms, and the Department of Justice will never accept any threats or violence directed at those who serve and protect our communities—from this cowardly action, to the killing of an officer in Philadelphia last week while he was buying a game for his son, to the tragic loss of a Deputy U.S. Marshal in the line of duty in Louisiana earlier this week. Such senseless acts of violence threaten the very reforms that nonviolent protesters in Ferguson and around the country have been working towards for the past several months. We wish these injured officers a full and speedy recovery. We stand ready to offer any possible aid to an investigation into this incident, including the department’s full range of investigative resources. And we will continue to stand unequivocally against all acts of violence against cops whenever and wherever they occur.

UPDATE — 03/12/15, 2:28 p.m. ET: Watch Eric Holder’s remarks below, via CNN:

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