Holder was reportedly heckled at the event but told the hecklers that, “I ain’t mad atcha, all right?”
On Monday evening, Attorney General Eric Holder told activists and law enforcement officials in Atlanta that Ferguson presents an opportunity to deal with issues like racial injustice and the perception that police treat minorities unfairly before announcing that new federal standards against racial profiling are on the way.
“This presents this nation with, I think, a unique opportunity,” Holder said, according to CNN. “And I think it’s incumbent on all of us to seize this opportunity to deal with issues that for too long have been ignored.”
Holder kicked off the first of a series of community forums on Ferguson at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and said he will, in the coming days, “announce updated Justice Department guidance regarding profiling by federal law enforcement, which will institute rigorous new standards—and robust safeguards—to help end racial profiling, once and for all.”
“This new guidance will codify our commitment to the very highest standards of fair and effective policing,” Holder said.