Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson, Missouri today to follow up on a pledge that the Justice Department will conduct a full, fair, and independent investigation into the shooting of unarmed teenage Michael Brown.
Holder will meet with local leaders, FBI investigators, and Department of Justice prosecutors during his visit. Holder wrote an op-ed published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talking about widespread concern about the state of the U.S. criminal justice system more general. While Holder has frequently taken a strong stance on civil rights and equality, and has been outspoken about federal involvement in Ferguson, critics of the Obama administration argue that the president should be more vocal about the situation. Holder’s role as a proxy for president Obama is a test for him and for the administration.
How will federal involvement in Ferguson influence developments there? Who can conduct the most thorough and fair investigation? Is the White House handling the situation appropriately?
David Nather, Senior Policy Reporter, POLITICO; Politico: Holder's Big Test: Ferguson
Julian Zelizer, Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the author of multiple books on U.S. political history, including On Capitol Hill: The Struggle to Reform Congress and its Consequences, 1948-2000
David Nakamura, Staff Writer, The Washington Post; Washington Post: Top Obama Advisers tell African American leaders that justice will prevail in Ferguson