Judge Nap: Eric Holder 'Fanned the Flames' in Ferguson
Judge Andrew Napolitano was asked this morning whether Attorney General Eric Holder has "fanned the flames" in Ferguson, Missouri, where two police officers were shot last night.
The new unrest came after the resignation of the Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson.
On Friday, Holder said the DOJ was prepared to use all of its powers to "ensure that the situation changes" in Ferguson, including possibly "coming up with an entirely new structure."
A reporter then asked whether he meant dismantling the Ferguson police department.
"If that's what's necessary, we're prepared to do that," he said.
Napolitano said he views Holder's actions as having "probably fanned the flames" of anger against police in Ferguson.
He disagreed with Holder's decision to publish two "highly antagonistic" reports, one of which concluded that Ferguson police routinely discriminated against African-Americans.
Napolitano called out Holder for "naming names [and] revealing secret, private matters about the police department." The judge said that in Newark, New Jersey, during the Bush administration, a federal monitor was appointed to oversee changes in the police department.
"That monitor answered to a federal judge. That monitor quietly made prudent changes, with no grandstanding like we just heard from the attorney general. Instead of fanning the flames, the monitor slowly put them out. That's really what should have happened here," said Napolitano.
Napolitano agreed that Holder's decision to publish these scathing reports could be motivated by the fact that he is about to leave office.
"He does not have his finger on the pulse of what's going on. He looks at it in terms political power and strength and what we have the ability to do from Washington, D.C.," he said.
Napolitano said Holder's comment about possibly dismantling the police department "feeds right into the appetite of the mobs"
Watch his full analysis above, and stay tuned to Fox News for updates on the situation in Ferguson.
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