October 30, 2014

Eric Holder was put on the spot earlier today about issues concerning the leaks coming out of the Grand Jury investigation into Darren Wilson's actions when he killed Mike Brown. His response was pretty simple. He said he can't comment on specifics, but it's pretty obvious that there needs to be wholesale change.

This does not take an insider to know. Police Chief Thomas Jackson has been nothing but an impediment to the case, and has intentionally tainted the jury with his disclosure of Brown's alleged theft at the convenience store just ahead of his confrontation with Wilson. But if you're Megyn Kelly, Holder's remarks were an inappropriate disclosure (wink, wink) of what he knew and therefore entirely inappropriate.

This whole exchange is interesting, because it's easy to compare and contrast the Fox style of "be afraid of the blah guy" reporting with Chris Hayes' analysis of what's going on in Ferguson. Here's Chris.

From Chris Hayes' perspective, the leaks are intended to reframe everyone's perception of Mike Brown ahead of the grand jury decision, while offering up the Ferguson Police Department (and Chief) as a consolation prize.

From Megyn Kelly's perspective, Wilson is innocent and poor Chief Jackson is the victim of 'those people'. And, of course, Eric Holder. Because there's never a bad time to trash Eric Holder.

From the reports that are leaking, it does sound like the Department of Justice is going to try and disband the Ferguson Police Department, whether Chief Jackson likes it or not. And that means he will be taking an early retirement.

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