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Why Conservatives Should Be Skeptical Of The Ferguson Report

Over at NRO, Jason Lee Steorts takes his fellow conservatives to task for not accepting the DOJ’s report on the Ferguson Police Department at face value:

It is remarkable that many on the right have instead dismissed the report without even reading it — as if psychologizing Eric Holder or cross-referencing generic arguments about disparate impact and crime rates obviated the need to reckon with the Justice Department’s specific findings

It seems to me that a kind of team-sport mentality has prevailed. Conservatives do not like sweeping denunciations of the entire criminal justice system as racist, and they especially do not like violent protests, looting, and attacks on policemen — all very rightly. But from there, too many conservatives have come to see any criticism of police conduct, or any allegation of racism, as if it were a play by the opposing team. They duly boo. Instead, they should reflect that all that is correct in their defense of the police is compromised by the extension of that defense to anything unworthy of it.

I think this is a gross oversimplification of things. Plenty of conservatives reacted with skepticism when the grand jury in Staten Island opted not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, myself included. What got the ire of conservatives was NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pillorying of the police by invoking his biracial son and proclaiming that “centuries of racism that have brought us to this date.”
I have read enough of the report to know there are some very serious allegations leveled against the Ferguson Police Department. But the operative word here is allegations. Serious as they might be that’s all they are. They have not been independently verified. The DOJ’s report only presents one side of the story. Now given the resignations which have resulted it might be the case that the Ferguson Police Department has no defense to offer in which case it would be prudent to make changes. Yet it seems to me that those changes should be done at the state rather than at the federal level.
I make this point because there were two sides to Officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown. One side contended that Brown said, “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” As for Wilson, well, no one was really interested in his side of the story. Which is a shame because even Eric Holder acknowledges Brown never said those four words.
But the truth be damned. In Al Sharpton’s world, Wilson will never shed his role as the racist white cop. With regard to the DOJ’s report on the Ferguson PD, I have a bad feeling that history is repeating itself.
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