November 22, 2019

Project 21 Members Call Rumored Federal Lawsuit Against Ferguson Police Department a Misguided Attempt for “Pound of Flesh”

Press Release from National Center for Public Policy Research:

Eric Holder’s DOJ Reportedly Plans a Lawsuit Against the Ferguson Police for Racial Discrimination

Any DOJ Lawsuit Would “Ultimately Be a Lawsuit against the Taxpayers”

FERGUSON, MO/WASHINGTON, DC — With the U.S. Department of Justice rumored to be on the verge of filing a lawsuit against the Ferguson Police Department for alleged racial discrimination, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are calling such an act a cynical move by outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder to get a “pound of flesh” before he leaves his post.

“When the grand jury came back with no indictment, and Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department let it leak that they probably would not be able to pursue civil rights charges against former Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, it was clear they were still going to try to get their pound of flesh from somewhere. The obvious place to get it is going to be the Ferguson Police Department,” said Project 21 member Christopher Arps , a St. Louis area resident who attended the initial prayer service for Michael Brown and witnessed the rioting in Ferguson firsthand. “Ferguson will likely settle the case, and Holder will call this strong-arm tactic a triumph for justice. But it’s still questionable that it will satisfy those who, despite overwhelming evidence saying this was a justified shooting, still claim that Michael Brown was assassinated.”

In mid-January, it was leaked that the Justice Department would likely not bring civil rights charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown. The shooting, and a grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson, led to riots in Ferguson and elsewhere. In a February 17 speech at the National Press Club, Holder suggested the results of a federal investigation of the Ferguson Police Department for alleged discriminatory tactics could be released before he leaves office (Holder plans to remain until his successor is confirmed by the U.S. Senate). Failure to comply with the investigation’s recommendations could lead to a federal lawsuit.

“One of this nation’s most racially-polarizing figures, Attorney General Eric Holder, is leaving office with threats that he will sue the police department in Ferguson, Missouri,” said Project 21 member Joe Hicks , a former executive director of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission. “Any claims that Ferguson police acted in racially discriminatory ways appear to be based on Holder’s own biased disappointment that white officer Darren Wilson was not found worthy of prosecution by a grand jury for the shooting of a black teenager. And, despite the actions of a willing and compliant Ferguson Police Department, jumping through hoops to comply with the Justice Department’s politically-correct nitpicking, Holder now seems set on punishing the department simply to burnish his image with nihilistic hoodlums, street radicals, anarchists and race hustlers. This only adds to his shocking legacy of racial divisiveness.”

In late November of 2014, after Officer Wilson was not indicted and resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III announced several reforms that included plans for a civilian review board to monitor the police department, scholarships to help recruit more minority officers as well as employment outreach to historically black colleges and universities and an increased stipend for officers who live within city limits. Since then, there have been dozens of applicants for the position vacated by Wilson and another officer, and there are two expected retirements in the near future. It is reported that there are several experienced minority officers among this pool of applicants. Mayor Knowles recently told the local CBS affiliate, “we’ll absolutely continue these efforts to seek out a more diverse pool of applicants.”

“Having failed in his attempt to bring federal civil rights charges against Officer Darren Wilson, Attorney General Eric Holder now threatens charges against the Ferguson Police Department. When will Holder admit this entire event has been a fiasco of this administration’s own making?” asked Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper , a legal commentator who taught constitutional law at George Mason University and a former leadership staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives. “The ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ narrative was a lie, and the Michael Brown shooting itself provided no insight into law enforcement – minority relations. Instead of going after the Ferguson Police Department, the Justice Department should apologize for presuming the worst before the evidence was known. This shoot first, ask questions later civil rights policy is short-sighted and ultimately undermines overall public support for equality.”

“The American justice system is far from perfect, but it is one of the best in the world. The Justice Department’s imminent threat to bring a lawsuit against the Ferguson Police Department will ultimately be a lawsuit against the taxpayers of that community,” said Project 21 member Carl Pittman, a law enforcement professional who has served as a peace officer in National City, California and Harris County, Texas. “Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has apparently not done enough damage. His inability to accept a grand jury decision arrived at through facts and evidence will not only serve to further damage the Ferguson community, it will also solidify his place as one of the worst and most racially divisive attorney generals in our nation’s history.

Project 21 has previously issued seven press releases and posted numerous news-oriented blog entries addressing the death of Michael Brown and related events. Project 21 members have completed over 250 interviews on the death of Michael Brown and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere. Several Project 21 members visited the area during and after the rioting, and two members live in the immediate area.

Project 21 members were interviewed or cited by the media over 2,000 times in 2014, including on MSNBC, Fox News Channel, TVOne, the Philadelphia Inquirer, One America News Network, the Orlando Sentinel, Westwood One, St. Louis Post-Dispatch , SiriusXM satellite radio and 50,000-watt talk radio stations including WHO-Des Moines, KOA-Denver, WGN-Chicago, WBZ-Boston and KDKA-Pittsburgh on topics such as civil rights, entitlement programs, the economy, voter ID, race preferences, education, illegal immigration and corporate social responsibility. Project 21 is currently participating in three cases under review by the U.S. Supreme Court and has provided substantial commentary regarding the Ferguson, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner judicial proceedings and their aftermaths. Project 21 defended voter ID laws at the United Nations. Its volunteer members come from all walks of life and are not salaried political professionals.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org).

Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

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No Civil Rights Charges Against George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Death

Press Release from National Center for Public Policy Research:

Because “There Isn’t a Case, and There Never Was,” Says Project 21’s Horace Cooper

DOJ’s George Zimmerman Intervention Exposes Politicized Obama Justice Department

Former Head of Zimmerman Investigation on Rumored Short List to Replace Eric Holder

Washington, DC – Responding to a report that the U.S. Department of Justice will not file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, a legal expert with the Project 21 black leadership network said federal intervention was a mistake from the beginning and something any new nominee for attorney general should pledge to avoid during his or her tenure.

Understanding the Obama Administration’s politicization of the case could become extremely important if President Obama nominates Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who oversaw the Zimmerman investigation while working at the Justice Department, to become the next Attorney General.

“A federal civil rights investigation was premature and more the result of a politicized Justice Department than any actual interest in justice,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, a legal commentator who taught constitutional law at George Mason University in Virginia and is a former leadership legal counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives. “It should have never been initiated. After two years, it’s clear there isn’t a case and there never was.”

Zimmerman, while participating in a Sanford, Florida neighborhood watch program, shot and killed Trayvon Martin during a fight in February of 2012. Zimmerman is white and Hispanic and Martin was black. A jury acquitted Zimmerman of charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in July of 2013. Attorney General Eric Holder began a separate federal investigation of the incident that is being handled by DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. Anonymous officials recently told the Washington Post there is insufficient evidence to bring federal charges against Zimmerman, and the investigation may soon be closed.

Before becoming Secretary of Labor in July of 2013, Perez headed the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. He is now considered to be among the likely nominees to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General.

“I said from the beginning that the Justice Department’s announcement of a civil rights investigation against George Zimmerman was meritless and that the federal government should give the local community a chance to investigate before rushing to judgment,” added Project 21’s Cooper. “Instead, Attorney General Eric Holder and his team did just the opposite by funding race-agitators in Sanford and helping stoke division among blacks and whites.”

After the shooting, the Justice Department deployed members of its Community Relations Service to the Sanford area to allegedly mitigate racial tensions. Critics say the CRS actually used taxpayer dollars to help coordinate events protesting Martin’s death and have obtained documents through Freedom of Information Act requests that appear to prove this assertion.

Noting that federal action regarding the Zimmerman case reflects poorly on the leadership of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, Project 21’s Cooper said the Justice Department’s failure in this instance should be addressed during confirmation proceedings for his successor. Cooper said: “There is a high bar for federal civil rights indictments — and rightly so. By attempting to shoehorn a potential indictment in this case, Eric Holder breached his responsibilities as the chief law enforcer of the land. Moreover, the Holder Justice Department misled the American people, and black Americans in particular, about the circumstances of this case. Using the FBI and federal prosecutors to intimidate Zimmerman was not just unfair, it was an abuse of power. The American people deserve better. Hopefully, during the hearings for his replacement, any new Attorney General nominee will commit to ending such abuses. This would be especially important if the nominee is Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who led the Civil Rights Division between the death of Trayvon Martin and the end of the Zimmerman trial.”

In 2014, Project 21 members have already been interviewed or cited by media almost 1,500 times, including TVOne, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Orlando Sentinel, Fox News Channel, CNN, Westwood One, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, SiriusXM satellite radio, Conservative Commandos and 50,000-watt talk radio stations such as WBZ-Boston, WJR-Detroit and KDKA-Pittsburgh, on issues that include civil rights, entitlement programs, the economy, race preferences, education and corporate social responsibility. Project 21 also has participated in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding race preferences and voting rights and defended voter ID laws at the United Nations.

During the Zimmerman trial last year, Project 21 members posted regular analysis of the proceedings as well as commented on the verdict. Project 21 members were interviewed or cited on at least 150 occasions, including the Los Angeles Times, Fox News Channel, New Republic, WGN-Chicago, U.S. News and World Report, Voice of America and the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative, free-market, non-profit think-tank established in 1982. Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

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Resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder Welcomed

Attorney General “Set Back Race Relations, Showed Disrespect for the Rule of Law and Undermined Basic Constitutional Principles,” Says Project 21’s Horace Cooper

“With Appropriate New Leadership, the Justice Department Can Return to its Proper Role as a Steward of the Constitution”

Washington, DC – Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, a black legal commentator who taught constitutional law at George Mason University and a former general counsel for a U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader, has the following comment on the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder and his legacy:

Eric Holder’s term as the Attorney General is finally coming to an end. I, for one, am thankful.

As the nation’s first black head of the Justice Department, Eric Holder managed to set back race relations, showed disrespect for the rule of law and undermined basic constitutional principles. Hopefully, his replacement will understand the difference between being the chief legal advisor for the implementation of a partisan agenda and being the chief law enforcement officer of the United States.

With appropriate new leadership, the Justice Department can return to its proper role as a steward of the Constitution. Instead of undermining the separation of powers, it can protect it. Instead of castigating the Supreme Court and its precedent, it can bolster them.

Never again should we accept a nominee for this post who fails to accept the responsibilities of this esteemed office.

Project 21 members have disagreed with the Holder Justice Department on issues such as voter ID and other ballot protections, race-based school admissions policies and the dropped voter intimidation prosecution of the New Black Panther Party, and have questioned the Department’s investigations of the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, and other matters.

In 2014, Project 21 members have been interviewed or cited by the media on current events over 1,300 times, including by the Fox News Special Report with Bret Baier, the O’Reilly Factor, Fox and Friends, CNN’s Situation Room, Salem Radio Network, Sean Hannity, Jim Bohannon, Conservative Commandos Radio, Radio America, American Urban Radio Network, Roger Hedgecock, Dana Loesch, Thomm Hartmann, Progressive Radio Network, The Blaze, EurWeb, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, SiriusXM satellite radio, TVOne, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Orlando Sentinel and 50,000-watt talk radio stations including WBZ-Boston, WJR-Detroit, KDKA-Pittsburgh and WLW-Cincinnati. Project 21 has participated in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding race preferences and voting rights and defended voter ID laws at the United Nations. Its volunteer members come from all walks of life and are not salaried political professionals.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative, free-market, non-profit think-tank established in 1982. Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

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The 19 Reps Who Voted to Confirm Holder in 2009

In a flashback moment, take a peak at who the 19 republicans were who voted to confirm the crook Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General.

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Fascist Holder Proposes Tracking Bracelet for Guns

Once again the fascist regime of Barrack Obama is proposing what Attorney General Eric Holder calls “common sense” gun control. The lying, thieving, punk and thug claims that all guns should have a tracking bracelet, complete with biometrics that can be tracked by fascist government 24 hours a day and use of the gun will not occur unless the right REGISTERED and MONITORED SLAVE is wearing the bracelet. I’m sure that through the bracelet, fascist government authorities can and will render the gun inoperable any time it wants to. Therefore, no real need for further gun control. Fascism will be in control.

I have written before, gun ownership by Americans is the only remaining obstacle for complete take over by corporate and government fascism. I’ve said that one way or another they WILL find a way to disarm Americans.

And this is “common sense” gun control? <<<Read More>>>

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What Could Go Wrong With New Obama Media Guidelines?

Holder was referring to two new bodies within the DOJ that would assist the Attorney General when it comes to investigating the media. One would be a “media review committee,” that will asses[sic] the impact of the department’s new media policies. The second is the “media dialogue group” involving outsiders who would assist the department periodically to review how the reforms are being implemented. The committee is expected to have their first meeting in February, Holder said.<<<Read More>>>

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Eric Holder Pays Sandy Hook $2.5 Million

Eric Holder’s (in)Justice Department sent $2.5 million to the Connecticut State Police and Sandy Hook Elementary School. “for their response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.” Why? Is this the norm? Is this hush money? Is this bribe money? What’s the deal?

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We Will Get to the Bottom of These Scandals

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Who’s Behavior is Unacceptable and Shameful?

I find, even if only in one small account of everything spinning out of control in Washington and in particular within the Obama White House, that the comments made by Attorney General Holder to be a small sampling of an arrogant member of this administration believing himself to be above the law and can exempt himself, as does the President, from taking any responsibility for his own department.

But don’t be mistaken. These dog and pony shows, called “hearings”, are designed and run mostly for the purpose of a member of Congress to showcase himself and doing all that he can to discredit the witness in this case (opposing party members). Cabinet members and other non elected officials should know and understand this kind of theater and professionally conduct themselves accordingly or face the consequences that AG Holder is going to face by his childish attempt at chastising Rep. Issa for his behavior. Consider the fallout Hillary Clinton has taken for her outburst asking “what difference does it make now” in reference to who was responsible for allowing Americans to die.

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While All Eyes Are on Eric Holder’s Role in “Fast and Furious”, Hillary Clinton Was the Mastermind

Watch the hand! Keep your eye on the hand! That is the hand of Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General, as he lies and attempts to maneuver himself out of trouble. Add to this the fact that all members of the press are concentrating on Eric Holder as being guilty of such things as contempt of court (why not murder or at least man slaughter?), others digging even deeper into this disgusting, illegal and convoluted Marxist-style of law enforcement, have discovered that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was one of the masterminds behind Fast and Furious.

Don’t hold your breath or get your hopes high that any of these criminal thugs will be held accountable for their actions. This is just business as usual during an election cycle.

In the meantime, you should be paying very close attention as to what is going on that the U.S. Government DOESN’T want you to know about while using Fast and Furious as a smoke screen.

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