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By:Pat Buchanan | August 22, 2014

Among the demands of the "protesters" in Ferguson is that the investigation and prosecution of police officer Darren Wilson be taken away from St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch.

McCulloch is biased, it is said. How so? In 1964, his father, a St. Louis police officer, was shot to death by an African-American.

Moreover, McCulloch comes from a family of cops. He wanted to be a police officer himself, but when cancer cost him a leg as a kid, he became a prosecutor.

Yet, in 23 years, McCulloch has convicted many cops of many crimes, and has said that if Gov. Jay Nixon orders him off this case, he will comply. Meanwhile, he is moving ahead with the grand jury.

As for Gov. Nixon, he revealed his closed mind by demanding the "vigorous prosecution" of a cop who has not even been charged and by calling repeatedly for "justice for [Brown's] family" but not Wilson's.

What has been going on for two weeks now in Ferguson, with the ceaseless vilification of Darren Wilson and the clamor to arrest him, is anti-American. It is a mob howl for summary judgment, when this case cries out, not for a rush to judgment, but for a long tedious search for the whole truth of what happened that tragic day.

For conflicting stories have emerged.

The initial version was uncomplicated. On August 9, around noon, Brown and a companion were walking in the street and blocking traffic when ordered by Wilson to move onto the sidewalk.

Brown balked, a scuffle ensued. Wilson pulled out his gun and shot him six times, leaving Brown dead in the street. Open and shut. A white cop, sassed by a black kid, goes berserk and empties his gun.

Lately, however, another version has emerged.

Fifteen minutes before the shooting, Brown was caught on videotape manhandling and menacing a clerk at a convenience store he was robbing of a $44 box of cigars.

A woman, in contact with Wilson, called a radio station to say that Brown and Wilson fought in the patrol car and Brown had gone for the officer's gun, which went off.

When Brown backed away, Wilson pointed his gun and told him to freeze. Brown held up his hands, then charged. Wilson then shot the 6'4," 292-pound Brown six times, with the last bullet entering the skull.

St. Louis County police then leaked that Wilson had been beaten "severely" in the face and suffered the fracture of an eye socket.

Brown's companion, Dorian Johnson, says Brown was running away when Wilson began to fire. But, according to the autopsies, all of the bullets hit Brown in the front. ABC now reports that Dorian Johnson has previously been charged with filing a false police report.

If the first version is true, Wilson is guilty. If the second is true, Brown committed two felonies before being shot, and Darren Wilson fired his weapon in defense of his life.

If there is any public official who should recuse himself from any role in this investigation, it is not Robert McCulloch but Eric Holder.

Holder has a lifelong, almost Sharpton-like, obsession with race.

Three weeks in office, he declared America a "nation of cowards" for refusing to discuss race more. Arriving in St. Louis, he declared, "I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man."

Query. What is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, who is heading up the federal investigation of the shooting of a black teenager by a white cop, doing declaring his racial solidarity?

Holder then related several incidents that have stuck in his craw:

"I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over. ... 'Let me search your car.' ... Go through the truck of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me."

Holder also spoke of being stopped by a cop in Georgetown when he was running to the movies.

Fine. The Great Man is outraged by such indignities. But the mindset exhibited here raises a grave question as to whether Eric Holder can objectively lead an investigation of a white cop who shot a black teenager. In Eric Holder's mind, the verdict already seems in.

Any defense attorney would have Eric Holder tossed out of a jury pool, as soon as he started to vent like this.

If Holder has made up his mind about what happened in Ferguson that Saturday, fine. He is entitled to his opinion. But someone who has already decided officer Wilson's actions are consistent with a racist police pattern he has observed personally should not be passing judgment on whether officer Wilson goes on trial for his life.

President Obama says he does not want to put "my thumb upon the scales" of justice. He should take Eric Holder's thumb off.


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Web page at




Nicholas MOSES
Paris (FR)
8/22/2014 07:41 PM

  In France, Fran├žois Hollande's Minister of Justice, Christiane Taubira, quickly made a name for herself successfully legislating for gay marriage. Between this and her belonging to a visible minority group, her lock on power was so tightly secured that she can now move and is now moving freely, ministering "justice" in a selectively brutal fashion for demographic groups which will never vote Socialist for regulatory technicalities (the only penal infractions such people ever commit, of course) while relaxing penalties for recidivism. But however big a liability she may be for Hollande in the center, firing her will create an even greater one for him on the left. Holder is no such monster: he has accomplished nothing grandiose, and he is far from the securing hold of the black support for the administration of a half-black president. Unlike Hollande with Taubira, Obama has no reason not to fire Holder other than that he wholeheartedly approves of what Holder is doing. Obama's remarks about his "thumb upon the scales of justice" are therefore wholly facetious and should be so read out.

8/22/2014 07:54 PM

  These types of trumped up catastrophies are usually for a reason unrelated to the event itself. Outlaws of the old West would usually fire-up the livery stable to distract locals from the bank robbery they were about to commit. I wonder what this most recent distraction was really all about ?

Bryan Fox
8/24/2014 07:35 PM

  Race pandering whites like Nixon are far more sickening than Black bigots of Holder's ilk. As per Holder there isn't a case where a Black person was stopped by police over a blatant driving infraction, it is always because they are Black. A savvy old Southern woman once said of this mentality , if a bird crapped on their car they'd think a white man was the cause of it.

8/25/2014 07:48 PM

  Mr. Fox, There were 82 people shot and 14 killed in Chicago over July 4th 2014. Five of the people were shot by police over 36 hours on Friday and Saturday, including two boys 14 and 16 who were killed when they allegedly refused to drop their guns. What I don't ever understand is the selection by our national press of what events and cities they will cover and which to ignore.

Joe Johnson
8/25/2014 08:50 PM

  Of course the media reports on stories that they know or think will get them the most ratings and they can help stir up emotions on those stories.


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