Finally, the Justice Department has announced that there will be an investigation into the conduct of the Ferguson police force. The Washington Post is reporting that the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, specifically Attorney General Eric Holder, will conduct the investigation, which will focus on police practices in Ferguson, but could also include other police departments throughout St. Louis County and beyond.
Holder’s presence in this investigation marks the Obama administration’s most aggressive step to address the Michael Brown’s death in the Ferguson shooting, which set off days of violent tension between police and protestors all over Ferguson.
“I am the attorney general of the United States, but I am also a Black man,” Holder said in August, recounting being pulled over and accused of speeding on the New Jersey Turnpike on two occasions, and having his car searched. “I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” Holder said.
Here’s hoping that Holder’s life as a Black man helps bring empathy into this investigation. Because as it stands, many media outlets have been criminalizing and demonizing Michael Brown’s angry supporters, labeling them dangerous and threats, therefore justifying the militarized police that have been patrolling the streets of Ferguson since unarmed teen, Michael Brown’s untimely death.
As the Post notes, many of the police departments in the county are primarily made up of White officers serving majority Black communities. And we all know the results of that dynamic. No one knows what the results of this investigation will be, but let’s hope this is the beginning of a much-needed conversation about unwarranted police brutality, especially the ones that result in death.
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Hello Handsome: Super Bowl 2014 Hotties
1. Eye Candy: Super Bowl 2014 Hotties
While everyone will be glued to their televisions, analyzing every football move during the Super Bowl on Sunday, #TeamBeautiful is only here for the hotties that'll be flying down the field. We've rounded up the hot players we'll be eyeing from both the Seahawks and the Broncos. No matter who wins, these players have already captured our heart. Wake us up during the final touchdown...
2. Seahawks: Christine Michael
Running back Christine Michael stays cool on and off the field. We can't get enough of those arms, though!
3. Seahawks: Derrick Coleman
Fullback Derrick Coleman is obviously a great athlete if he's playing in the Super Bowl, but that smile? That's good every time.
4. Seahawks: Doug Baldwin
Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin has a sweet smile and a humble spirit to boot.
5. Seahawks: Kam Chancellor
We always love to see our favorite cute athletes off field, and if Seahawks' Strong Safety Kam Chancellor's Instagram is any indication of his looks, we'd love to see what he's like away from football. Follow him for yourself @bambamkam..
6. Seahawks: Jeron Johnson
Strong Safety Jeron Johnson knows how to catch a football, but could he catch us when we fall for him? **sighs**
7. Broncos: Ronnie Hillman
Running back Ronnie Hillman knows he's kind of irresistible...and, can we blame him?
8. Broncos: Demaryius Thomas
We're always here for a man in sweats. Even though Wide Receiver Demaryius Thomas will be decked out in his full uniform, a girl can think of all the possibilities..
9. Broncos: Kevin Vickerson
Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson may be tough on the field, but this pic of him kissing his little sons Vickerson, Jr. shows his sensitive side. Nothing's hotter than a cutie who can show some love. **swoons**
10. Broncos: Andre Caldwell
Wide receiver Andre Caldwell illustrates the sexy art of a good running pose.
11. Broncos: Wesley Woodyard
Middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard is ready to get into the game...and we're just as ready to see him.