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Mark Clark is the public information officer for a law enforcement agency in the southwest. He is also a photographer and contributor to POLICE Magazine.
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You Are In Eric Holder's Crosshairs

Our Attorney General believes in selective prosecution and cops accused of racial profiling are his primary target.

July 22, 2010  |  by - Also by this author


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When Vice President Joe Biden promised "no politics, no ideology...only a clear assessment of facts and law" in predicting how Eric Holder would perform his duties as the highest-ranking law enforcement official in the Obama administration, I placed the credibility of his prognostication somewhere between Herbert Hoover's "Prosperity is just around the corner" and Neville Chamberlain's "Peace in our time."

Now, with the better part of two years in office under Attorney General Holder's belt, it would seem my reservations were well founded.

Well founded or not, they shouldn't have been called for in the first place. Because regardless of which end of the political spectrum you align yourself, you could probably find someone you respect who acted as an advocate of Eric Holder at one time or another. Ronald Reagan apparently thought a lot of him; Bill Clinton had his back for a time, too. Nor was Holder's work record without distinction—he had a reputation for tenacity in going after corrupt politicians—and was an outspoken advocate of judicial accountability.

"You have to be held accountable," Holder told Ebony magazine in 1994. "You have to be responsible for your acts. You can't make excuses for the things that you do. And you have to expect that if you do negative things, there are going to be negative consequences for it."

But whatever philosophy a person pays lip service to, whatever ink blots dot his résumé, the battles a man chooses are better barometers of his priorities, and more reflective of his ultimate agenda.

Such are the reasons why Eric Holder scares the hell out of me.

Having made a career out of uprooting corrupt government officials, Holder is not unlike the cop who's works vice too long and is starting to look askance at his mother.

Indeed, our A.G. is seemingly convinced that cops are, if not inherently racist, then at least subject to serious lapses in judgment when it comes to race. Also, Holder has made it known that he regards us as a "nation of cowards" when it comes to discussing race. If we are, it is probably because of a tendency to get bitch-slapped when we do.

And it would appear that there were a few missing parentheticals in Holder's working philosophy. That not only should (some) corrupt officials be prosecuted, but only (some) men and women should be held accountable, in general.

For despite his articulated expectations of accountability, Holder historically favored rehabilitative efforts over punitive sentencing in his career as a judge. And his advocacy of a pardon for Marc Rich proved so alienating that for a time Holder thought his career was over. "I'm done. Public life's over for me. I had a moment in time. That moment has passed," he said in an interview long before the Obama administration came to pass.

Most recently, Holder's amnesty mentality has apparently been extended to the New Black Panther Party, whose blatant racial intimidation at Philadelphia polling sites continues to go unpunished.

With all this philosophical couching taking place at an operational level, the question is begged: Just who is it that Eric Holder is determined to see be held accountable?

Well, the answer is you, the patrol officer.

OK, maybe not all of you. At least, not just yet. But definitely if you're working in Arizona. And in any event, the writing is on the wall.

No sooner did Arizona pass a state law in a bid to deal with its legitimate concerns over illegal immigration than Holder began entertaining lawsuits against the state and threatening to go after cops for racial profiling—all this before a single arrest or detention incident to the law taking effect.

Now, the whole issue over immigration is a weighty one with no clear-cut resolution. Many who decry any prospect of the amnesty seem to have a selective stigmatism, unwilling to hold themselves or the whole of society accountable for decades of having turned a blind eye to the problem. Then there is the hubris of those on the other side of the debate who feel that by virtue of proximity to our border that they are somehow above overcoming the obstacles that people of other nationalities have to endure while staking a claim to the American Dream.

But in any event, the government of Arizona has indulged its rights in passing a law that would ideally be deemed redundant if anyone really had their shit together when it came to laws already on the books. Given that, the men and women entrusted with enforcing such laws should be able to conduct their mission without fear of political, social, or financial reprisals.

This current political climate finds me reflecting on an episode at my old station: A number of local businesses were upset with the number of day laborers who were endangering themselves and motorists, using alleys as latrines, and generally being nuisances. A special unit deputy was tasked with the mission of dealing with the day laborers. The deputy took his mission seriously and proved successful at it-so successful, in fact, that his actions put him on the radar of a Hispanic political supervisor who then wanted his Anglo head for racial profiling.

Shamefully—but not surprisingly—the same administrators who had tasked the deputy with the mission in the first place not only canceled the mission but punitively removed him from his assignment.

I can only hope that Arizona's civic authorities and law enforcement administrators exhibit more backbone when it comes to the prospect of defending their own.

For they will not only be defending their officers against the usual community activists, but an opponent much more formidable, a man who can bring the full weight of the Justice Department down upon our badged brothers and sisters for enforcing the state laws they have been sworn to uphold.

It is a sad day when the same man who hesitates to prosecute voter intimidation that was captured on video is more than willing to fire a preemptive strike on behalf of a perceived civil rights concern.

Before making any further missteps regarding Arizona's new law, Attorney General Eric Holder would be well advised to consider these words of wisdom:

You have to be held accountable. You have to be responsible for your acts. You can't make excuses for the things that you do. And you have to expect that if you do negative things, there are going to be negative consequences for it.

To forego prosecuting militants who have blatantly violated the law while simultaneously threatening those tasked with enforcing the law is not only hypocritical, but shameful.

Tell us what you think in the comment section.

Tags: Barack Obama, Arizona Immigration Law of 2010, Immigration Enforcement, Eric Holder


Comments (7)

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dbadge6603 @ 7/22/2010 9:43 PM

Eric Holder demonstrates in his comments and actions that past history is an excellent predictor of future conduct. It amazes and baffles me that so many actually believed the rhetoric that the President and his ilk openly spouted during the primaries and ultimately through the Democratic Convention. One may put a tuxedo on a pig, but it remains a pig in spite of the attempt to costume it otherwise. Mr Holder represents one of the many of his type of administrator (read to mean ....he is NOT a true leader) who is more concerned with his next meal ticket and not the office of which he holds that is charged with upholding justice. The story relative to the Voter Intimidation in Philadelphia will be but one of many to surface over the remaining 2 years of President Obama's term unless ALL Americans start to actively hold those in office accountable and demand the removal of those who seek to craft the laws to favor their agendas versus serving the appropriate needs of the citizens of our country. When I see support for these thugs ("NEW" Black Panther Party) on national television or via the courts one cannot separate their actions from those who committed similar acts upon other citizens who at one time were denied their rights as citizens by subversive and terrorist acts are not dissimilar to the KKK or those who now embrace the terror concepts employed by "radical" Islamic groups. Regardless of the organization or tactic, each of these types of irrelevant and insignificant participants are at the focal point as to why all Americans should seek to identify and remedy the problems associated with these types. Mr Holder is so far out of touch with reality I doubt he even grasps what his choices mean in the long run. By his own admission in both writing and on TV he admitted that he had not reviewed nor read any of the briefs relevant the Immigration issues in Arizona that he was seeking to overturn in court.

SAM551974D @ 7/23/2010 12:08 AM

Once again, this hits my inner feelings on politics correctly, as warriors continue to get hurt and killed as a result of them. Being honest in assessments is the very first step to correcting the issues in this area. This goes for everything in life as well. Many only proactively address after a high-profile incidents occur…too late and those creating havoc are counting on this type of response, reaction, which amount to lip service or NOTHING. Let’s focus on procedures and processes that are about targeting criminals and terrorist groups NEEDED! As these actions talked about in this article are more than just shameful, not in character of leaders who must act for, and care for ALL. Let’s not forget these noble warriors of law enforcement-character who have worked on the streets heroically each day to protect their communities with values that even in the mist of an impending perfect storm and the high wings of a hurricane of change, are still standing strong, and willing to give their lives to their community – for that’s their calling…not a SOP, or just a word or order, but from within where it counts and only you yourself control it.

commandorudy @ 7/23/2010 4:13 AM

How about a warrior strike? Or I should say, massive slowdown.

FireCop08 @ 7/23/2010 4:33 AM

We will get our chance to 'speak' loudly starting this November. Make sure your thoughts on this disgrace of an AG are clearly heard before you vote, and let's start cleaning up this mess in Washington. If we don't we only have ourselves to blame.

Morning Eagle @ 7/25/2010 12:33 AM

Another excellent article Dean. I must ask .... Just who is constantly pulling out the race card every time there is some real or imagined criticism of this administration? Who, along with his puppet servants including Holder, is doing his best to get the whole country all stirred up along racial lines, particularly black vs. white and brown (especially Hispanic) vs. white. I believe he and his fellow Department of Corruption criminals are purposely instigating the potential for wide spread violent confrontations that would 'justify' imposition of martial law. I am retired now but would still hate to see race riots again in this country based on manufactured wrongs that are put in people's minds by manipulators who could care less what happens to the rioters themselves. As LE Officers and Soldiers all know, every wounded or injured body bleeds RED blood and that fact should offer a clue even to the most dense of minds as to how important skin color truly is in the big scheme of things. Don't get me wrong, I am still a 'sheep dog' in mind set and I will defend myself and others around me without hesitation and with deadly force if necessary but I sure don't want to see it come to that. It is such a useless waste and solves nothing. I used to think Janet Reno was the poorest excuse for an AG that had ever been. Now Holder's obvious racial bias and apparent intentions to look at law enforcement officers as the bad guys because they won't let violators of the law do whatever they want to while accusing them of racial discrimination when they are trying to do their duty has him vying for the top spot as the worst ever AG.

jeMan @ 8/11/2010 8:29 PM

Good article and it seems to me that Holder and the Obama administration are using the race card every time they can to scare people away from their bad policies. Holder is a very poor excuse for an AG. But, then again he was put there by Obama. Also, what surprises me is that why didnt the PBA and the FOP complaint in public about Holder's comments.

William Kruse @ 9/5/2011 9:53 PM

The lack of the AGs prosecution of those involved in the voter intimidation in Philly only shows that he is a puppet in the Obama administration like Janet Nepolitano and other LE appointees. Please lets rid ourselves of them in 2012!!

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