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Holder says he understands mistrust of police

  • Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Florrissant, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, as a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

    Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Florrissant, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, as a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

  • Attorney General Eric Holder participates in closed door meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

    Attorney General Eric Holder participates in closed door meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

  • Attorney General Eric Holder shakes hands with Bri Ehsan, 25, right, following his meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley in Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)

    Attorney General Eric Holder shakes hands with Bri Ehsan, 25, right, following his meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley in Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)

  • Attorney General Eric Holder touches the forehead of Yusayrah Jones, 2, has he arrives at Drake's Place Restaurant for a meeting with community leaders, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Florrissant, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

    Attorney General Eric Holder touches the forehead of Yusayrah Jones, 2, has he arrives at Drake's Place Restaurant for a meeting with community leaders, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Florrissant, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

  • Police guard the entrance to the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, where a grand jury is expected to convene to consider possible charges against the Ferguson, Mo. police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street has sparked a more than week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Police guard the entrance to the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, where a grand jury is expected to convene to consider possible charges against the Ferguson, Mo. police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street has sparked a more than week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Protesters march outside the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, where a grand jury is expected to convene to consider possible charges against the Ferguson, Mo. police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street has sparked a more than week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Protesters march outside the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, where a grand jury is expected to convene to consider possible charges against the Ferguson, Mo. police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street has sparked a more than week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Protesters march outside the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, where a grand jury is expected to convene to consider possible charges against the Ferguson, Mo. police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street has sparked a more than week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Protesters march outside the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, where a grand jury is expected to convene to consider possible charges against the Ferguson, Mo. police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street has sparked a more than week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Attorney General Eric Holder arrives on US Military aircraft at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Holder is traveling to Ferguson, Mo., to oversea the federal government’s investigation into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer on Aug. 9th. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)

    Attorney General Eric Holder arrives on US Military aircraft at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Holder is traveling to Ferguson, Mo., to oversea the federal government’s investigation into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer on Aug. 9th. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)

  • Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Florrissant, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, as a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)
  • Attorney General Eric Holder participates in closed door meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)
  • Attorney General Eric Holder shakes hands with Bri Ehsan, 25, right, following his meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley in Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)
  • Attorney General Eric Holder touches the forehead of Yusayrah Jones, 2, has he arrives at Drake's Place Restaurant for a meeting with community leaders, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Florrissant, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)
  • Police guard the entrance to the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, where a grand jury is expected to convene to consider possible charges against the Ferguson, Mo. police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street has sparked a more than week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
  • Protesters march outside the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, where a grand jury is expected to convene to consider possible charges against the Ferguson, Mo. police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street has sparked a more than week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
  • Protesters march outside the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, where a grand jury is expected to convene to consider possible charges against the Ferguson, Mo. police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street has sparked a more than week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
  • Attorney General Eric Holder arrives on US Military aircraft at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Holder is traveling to Ferguson, Mo., to oversea the federal government’s investigation into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer on Aug. 9th. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)

Attorney General Eric Holder sought yesterday to reassure the people of Ferguson, Mo., about the investigation into Michael Brown’s death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust the police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race.

Holder made the remarks during a visit to the St. Louis suburb that has been wracked by more than a week of unrest since the black 18-year-old was shot and killed by a white officer.

The attorney general remembered how he was stopped twice on the New Jersey Turnpike and accused of speeding. The police searched his car, going through the trunk and looking under the seats.

“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” Holder said during a private meeting with about 50 community leaders at the Florissant campus of St. Louis Community College.

Holder also met with federal officials investigating Michael Brown’s Aug. 9 death and with Brown’s parents.

While living in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., Holder was once running to catch a movie with his cousin when a squad car rolled up and flashed its lights at the pair. The officer yelled, “Where are you going? Hold it!” Holder recalled.

His cousin “started mouthing off,” and Holder urged him to be quiet.

“We negotiate the whole thing, and we walk to our movie. At the time that he stopped me, I was a federal prosecutor. I wasn’t a kid,” he said.

Holder also met briefly with Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who has been in charge of security in the community for nearly a week since relieving the Ferguson police. The National Guard has also been called in to help keep the peace.

Asked whether he had confidence in the local investigation of the police officer, Johnson said Holder’s presence “is a guarantee on that.”

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HEADLINE: Nonwhite cop kills unarmed white youth, national media, AG and POTUS ignore . http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/08/nonwhite_cop_kills_unarmed_white_youth_national_media_ag_and_potus_ignore.html

Isn't Holder still pursuing a DOJ case against George Zimmerman, even after a unanimous decision finding him innocent? And there seems to be only 2 winners here in Ferguson. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. They have made a career of stirring up trouble, and are rolling in $$$$$$$. Sad.

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