“Determined to see justice achieved” could mean any outcome, ranging from prosecution and conviction of a guilty man to refusing to indict someone against whom there’s insufficient evidence, but civil-rights groups obviously have a particular outcome in mind here and the White House knows it. They’re all but promising to have the U.S. Attorney try Wilson.
Or, if the evidence against Wilson completely falls apart somehow and Holder’s left in a tough political spot, he could decide to investigate the Ferguson PD for its practices more broadly, not just vis-a-vis Michael Brown. This NYT report claims that he’s weighing that right now, in fact, inspired in part by a recent horrific-if-true account in the Daily Beast of what the cops there allegedly did to a man in 2009. He says they beat him — and then charged him for property damage when he bled on their uniforms. A sweeping inquiry into police brutality and racial profiling generally by the DOJ might help keep the peace even if Wilson walks.
I’m not interested in sacrificing innocent men in the name of “keeping the peace.” And the evidence we’ve seen so far tends to support the notion that Officer Wilson isn’t guilty of any crime.
That said, I’ve got no problem with a federal investigation of the Ferguson PD, which shows every indication of being an over-weaponed, arrogant gang of thugs.