Attorney General Eric Holder has publicly condemned last night's shooting of two police officers in Ferguson. Indeed, Holder went off-script and referred to the shooter as a "damn punk". In the prepared portion of his remarks that he delivered in D.C. announcing a pilot project for the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, Holder stated:
What happened last night was a pure ambush. This was not someone trying to bring healing to Ferguson, but someone who wants to stoke unrest. This disgusting and cowardly attack might have been intended to unravel any sense of progress, but I hope that doesn’t happen. Incidents like the one we have witnessed throw into sharp relief why conversations like the one we convened today—to build trust between law enforcement and community members—are so important.