From: David Boyer [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, March 06, 2015 05:26 PM
To: Allen, Jessica
Subject: Travel pool 12 -- Holder comments on Ferguson
Attorney General Eric Holder stopped to talk to the pool on the runway at Andrews, answering questions about Ferguson.
He said "We are prepared to use all the powers that we have, all the power that we have, to ensure that the situation changes there. That means everything from working with them to coming up with an entirely new structure."
Does that include dismantling the police force?
"If that's what's necessary, we're prepared to do that," he said.
He said "I was not only surprised by what I found, I'm not sure that's a strong enough word. I expected it as I got preliminary reports, but I was shocked towards the end by the numbers that we saw and the breadth of the practices that we uncovered. The notion that you would use a law enforcement agency or law enforcement generally to generate revenue, and then the callous way in which that was done and the impact that it had on the lives of the ordinary citizens of that municipality, was just appalling. Appalling. And that is not something that we're going to tolerate."
Regarding police departments across the country, he said, "I hope they're listening to these comments and understand the intensity with which the feelings are felt at the federal government level to ensure that we use all the tools that we can to make sure that what happened in Ferguson is uncovered and simply does not happen in any other part of the country. But I also want to make people understand, there are 18,000 police departments in this country, and I think what we saw in Ferguson was an anomaly."
White House correspondent
The Washington Times
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