by Ben Shapiro 18 Aug 2014
Last week, prompted by complaints about his statement of sympathy on the death of Robin Williams while remaining silent on the killing of an unarmed black man by police, President Barack Obama issued a statement about the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
In his statement, Obama called the shooting “heartbreaking” and added that he and the First Lady sent their “deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time.” He also dispatched the Department of Justice to Ferguson to investigate the incident.
Obama continued, “As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed.”
Federal involvement has not improved matters in Ferguson. The Obama administration has repeatedly intervened already in the Brown case, muddying the waters and driving justification for additional community violence.
DOJ Tried to Quash the Strong-Arm Robbery Tape. With all of the hubbub surrounding the Brown shooting, public outcry about police failure to release information about the incident was at fever pitch by late last week. That’s when the Ferguson Police Department released tape of “gentle giant” Michael Brown participating in a strong-arm robbery at a local convenience store. Eric Holder’s DOJ had known about that tape for days, and they attempted to stop the police from releasing the information.
According to NBC News, “The Department of Justice, which is conducting its own investigation into Brown’s Aug. 9 death, has had a copy of the footage all along and never considered releasing it to the public, the source said.” Why didn’t they want the information released? NBC News explains that Holder’s DOJ argued that “the footage would further inflame tensions in the St. Louis suburb that saw rioting and civil unrest in the wake of the teenager’s death.”
Given that riots were already taking place in Ferguson, that justification was obviously nonsense. Rather, the tape gave the lie to the preferred narrative of the left on the shooting. The Eric Holder DOJ likely didn’t want the tape released for that reason.
The Holder DOJ Is Doing Its Own Autopsy. The state of Missouri did its own autopsy of Michael Brown; the Brown family conducted another autopsy. On Sunday, the Holder DOJ announced that the federal government would conduct a third autopsy on Brown’s body “due to the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family.” In other words, riots, looting, and protests now drive decisions about whether or not state autopsies are trustworthy, according to the Obama administration.