AFTER FANNING THE FLAMES – Obama Admin Concerned #Ferguson Protesters May Become Violent
After fanning the flames in Ferguson the Obama Administration is suddenly concerned the situation may become violent.
Barack Obama sent Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson to commiserate with protesters in August.
Eric Holder sympathized with protesters after 100 local businesses were vandalized and looted. The protests and rioting have cost local taxpayers over $5.7 million so far.
The New York Times reported that Obama met with Ferguson protesters on November 5th and urged them to “stay the course.”
Now, suddenly Team Obama is concerned the situation in Ferguson may get out of control.
The Hill reported:
The White House is bracing for potentially violent protests in Ferguson, Mo.
“I think the president is pretty mindful of the advice from Mr. Brown’s parents, who urged people to pay tribute to their son’s memory by expressing their views peacefully,” press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday. “And the president is mindful of that and hopes other people will be too.”
Obama has been meeting regularly with top officials within his administration — including Attorney General Eric Holder and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett — ahead of the expected announcement. He received a detailed briefing from the Justice Department on Nov. 7.
Later that day, the president also spoke with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) about the situation.
The White House, for its part, says the administration has been working hard to try to address deep-rooted concerns exposed by the Brown killing.
The president himself met with top civil rights leaders, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, a day after the midterm elections, to discuss a variety of topics, including Ferguson.
Sharpton told The New York Times that Obama “was concerned about Ferguson staying on course in terms of pursuing what it was that he knew we were advocating.”
A White House official said the administration had “been continuously engaged on Ferguson since the shooting happened in August,” pointing to a series of meetings and orders from Holder designed to bridge the gulf of mistrust between police and community members.
Paul Millus, a lawyer with firm Meyer Suozzi, said it would be very difficult to mount a federal civil rights case against Wilson if the grand jury declined to charge him in Brown’s death.