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#1. At a time when we must seek to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the local community, I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message. - Author: Eric Holder
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#2. I think that what I'm doing is right. And election-year politics, which intensifies everything, is not going to drive me off that course. - Author: Eric Holder
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#3. I'm a hard headed lawyer. - Author: Eric Holder
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#4. Whether it is an attempt to bomb the New York City subway system, an attempt to bring down an airplane over Detroit, an attempt to set off a bomb in Times Square ... I think that gives us a sense of the breadth of the challenges that we face, and the kinds of things that our enemy is trying to do. - Author: Eric Holder
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#5. People feel uncomfortable talking about racial issues out of fear that if they express things, they will be characterized in a way that's not fair. I think that there is still a need for a dialogue about things racial that we've not engaged in. - Author: Eric Holder
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#6. The reality is that we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden. He will never appear in an American courtroom. That's the reality. He will be killed by us, or he will be killed by his own people so he's not captured by us. We know that. - Author: Eric Holder
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#7. On a personal level, I've seen a lot in my time as attorney general, but few things have affected me as greatly as my visit to Ferguson. I had the chance to meet with the family of Michael Brown. I spoke to them not just as attorney general but as a father of a teenage son myself. - Author: Eric Holder
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#8. If you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label. - Author: Eric Holder
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#9. I'd like to continue being involved with issues that animated my time as attorney general - criminal-justice reform and civil rights especially. I don't just want to give speeches; I'd like to involve myself in this work in a systematic way. - Author: Eric Holder
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#10. Michael Brown's tragic death has revealed a deep distrust between some in the Ferguson community and its police force. It also developed a need to develop and widely disseminate law enforcement best practices for responding to public demonstrations. - Author: Eric Holder
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#11. Kids who I grew up with, who I played ball with, basketball, baseball, and went to parties with - for whatever reason - they ended up in a fundamentally different place than I did. I'm the attorney general of the United States and they are ex-felons. - Author: Eric Holder
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#12. While he was in the service, in the South and in Oklahoma, he was refused service at a couple of places where he was in uniform, and was told that African Americans, blacks, Negros, were not served. And in spite of that, I've never known a man who loved this country more than my father did. - Author: Eric Holder
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#13. I don't even talk about whether or not racial profiling is legal. I just don't think racial profiling is a particularly good law enforcement tool. - Author: Eric Holder
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#14. I'll leave here with my head held high and with confidence that history will judge my time here. - Author: Eric Holder
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#15. Studies show that if people think that they are treated fairly by the police, that matters almost more than what the result is. If you get stopped for a traffic stop and feel that you are treated courteously and fairly, you are much more likely to accept the fact that you got a speeding ticket. - Author: Eric Holder
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#16. Any decision to use lethal force against a United States citizen - even one intent on murdering Americans and who has become an operational leader of al-Qaida in a foreign land - is among the gravest that government leaders can face. - Author: Eric Holder
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#17. I was raised - professionally - in the Public Integrity Section. I started in 1976, stayed there for 12 years. It was formed after Watergate by then-head of the Criminal Division Dick Thornburgh, who ultimately became Attorney General. - Author: Eric Holder
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#18. Smart on Crime says if you commit violent crimes, you should go to jail, and go to jail for extended periods of time. For people who are engaged in non-violent crimes - any crimes, for that matter - we are looking for sentences that are proportionate to the conduct that you engaged in. - Author: Eric Holder
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#19. I'm a 21st-century guy, secure in who I am. - Author: Eric Holder
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#20. Saturdays and Sundays, America in the year 2009 does not in some ways differ significantly from the country that existed almost 50 years ago. This is truly sad. - Author: Eric Holder
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#21. Due process and judicial process are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. - Author: Eric Holder
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#22. This is going to be a very transparent Justice Department. But I'm not gonna sacrifice the safety of the American people or our ability to protect the American homeland. - Author: Eric Holder
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#23. I'm a prosecutor first and foremost, and as a judge, I put people in jail for extended periods of time when that was appropriate. - Author: Eric Holder
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#24. One of the things I learned is that you've got to deal with the underlying social problems if you want to have an impact on crime - that it's not a coincidence that you see the greatest amount of violent crime where you see the greatest amount of social dysfunction. - Author: Eric Holder
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#25. Those who peacefully gather to express sympathy for the family of Michael Brown must have their rights respected at all times. And journalists must not be harassed or prevented from covering a story that needs to be told. - Author: Eric Holder
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#26. I think there are too many people in jail for too long and for not necessarily good reasons. - Author: Eric Holder
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#27. It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States, - Author: Eric Holder
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#28. One cannot understate the importance of eliminating Bin Laden. He was a symbolic head of the organisation and, as we now know, an operational head of the organisation. - Author: Eric Holder
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#29. The American people can be - and deserve to be - assured that actions taken in their defense are consistent with their values and their laws. - Author: Eric Holder
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#30. I am not a proponent of the death penalty, but I will enforce the law as this Congress gives it to us. - Author: Eric Holder
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#31. Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason. - Author: Eric Holder
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#32. I understand the Second Amendment. I respect the Second Amendment. I think we need to use common sense tools to keep the American people safe, to keep our streets safe. - Author: Eric Holder
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#33. Operation Fast and Furious was flawed in concept and flawed in execution. The tactics used in this operation violate Department of Justice policy and should never have been used. - Author: Eric Holder
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#34. In January 2013, I told the people in the Justice Department after the re-election that I wanted to focus on reforming the federal criminal justice system. I made an announcement in August of that year in San Francisco, when we rolled out the Smart on Crime initiative. - Author: Eric Holder
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#35. Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about things racial. - Author: Eric Holder
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#36. I grew up in the Justice Department. I served 12 years as a line lawyer in the public integrity section. This department under me will not have any kind of political interference. I will not allow political interference in the Justice Department. Those who might attempt to do that will be rebuffed. - Author: Eric Holder
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#37. It is the thing that keeps me up at night - the notion that you have individuals in the United States who are looking at computer screens and who are becoming radicalized. - Author: Eric Holder
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#38. The vast majority of law enforcement officers conduct themselves in really honorable, appropriate ways. - Author: Eric Holder
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#39. I actually think that the dotting of the i's and the crossing of the t's is what separates the United States, the United Kingdom, our allies, from those who we are fighting. - Author: Eric Holder
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#40. I am the attorney general of the United States, but I am also a black man. - Author: Eric Holder
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#41. You constantly hear about voter fraud ... but you don't see huge amounts of vote fraud out there. - Author: Eric Holder
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#42. There are a whole variety of reasons I want to be attorney general, a whole variety of things that I do as attorney general that go beyond national security. - Author: Eric Holder
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#43. As the brother of a retired law enforcement officer, I know firsthand that our men and women in uniform perform their duties in the face of tremendous threats and significant personal risk. They put their lives on the line every day, and they often have to make split-second decisions. - Author: Eric Holder
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#44. I'm attorney general of the United States. I will not stand for - I will not allow people to take away that which people gave their lives to give, and that is the ability for the American people to vote. - Author: Eric Holder
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#45. If I were attorney general in Kansas in 1953, I would not have defended a Kansas statute that put in place separate-but-equal facilities. - Author: Eric Holder
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#46. In a lot of ways, civil rights division is the conscience of the Justice Department. You can almost measure what kind of Justice Department you have by what kind of civil rights division that you have. - Author: Eric Holder
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#47. The responsibility of the attorney general is to change things and bring us closer to the ideals expressed in our founding documents. - Author: Eric Holder
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#48. History simmers beneath the surface in more communities than just Ferguson. - Author: Eric Holder
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#49. You keep your eyes on the prize, you try to do what's right, and eventually, you'll reach your goal. - Author: Eric Holder
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#50. No individual or company, no matter how large or how profitable, is above the law. - Author: Eric Holder
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#51. I'm not going to let people who work in the United States Department of Justice have their characters be assailed without any basis. - Author: Eric Holder
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#52. The inability to pass reasonable gun safety laws after the Newtown massacre is something that weighs heavily on my mind. - Author: Eric Holder
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#53. Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job. - Author: Eric Holder
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#54. Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. - Author: Eric Holder
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#55. Displays of force in response to mostly peaceful demonstrations can be counterproductive. - Author: Eric Holder
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#56. I urge the citizens of Ferguson who have been peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights to join with law enforcement in condemning the actions of looters, vandals and others seeking to inflame tensions and sow discord. - Author: Eric Holder
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#57. When it comes to police officers, I have concerns about the training that they receive. This whole notion of implicit bias, looking at people and having stereotypical reactions to them on the basis of their ethnicity. - Author: Eric Holder
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#58. [I] can't actually imagine a time in which the need for more diversity would ever cease. Affirmative action has been an issue since segregation practices. The question is not when does it end, but when does it begin [..] When do people of color truly get the benefits to which they are entitled? - Author: Eric Holder
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#59. We are not programmed to bury our kids. - Author: Eric Holder
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#60. Ferguson and St. Louis County are not the first places that we have become engaged to ensure fair and equitable policing, and they will not be the last. The Department of Justice will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the Constitution has meaning for all communities. - Author: Eric Holder
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#61. Although the attorney general is a part of the president's team, you're really separate and apart. You have a special responsibility as the nation's chief law enforcement officer. There has to be a distance that you keep - between this department and the White House. - Author: Eric Holder
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#62. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process. - Author: Eric Holder
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#63. The full resources of the Department of Justice have been committed to the investigation into Michael Brown's death. - Author: Eric Holder
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#64. I look forward to working with the NRA to come up with ways in which we can use common sense approaches to reduce the level of violence that we see - in our streets, and make the American people as safe as they possibly can be. - Author: Eric Holder
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#65. Guantanamo is a chief recruiting tool for al-Qaida. It has put a wedge between the United States and at least some of its allies. - Author: Eric Holder
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#66. I have loved the Department of Justice ever since, as a young boy, I watched Robert Kennedy prove during the Civil Rights Movement how the department can - and must - always be a force for that which is right. - Author: Eric Holder
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#67. It pains me whenever there's the death of a law enforcement official. - Author: Eric Holder
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#68. With all do respect, senator, I don't think this is an appropriate setting for me to discuss that issue. I'd be more than glad to come back in an appropriate setting to discuss the issues that you have raised. - Author: Eric Holder
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#69. In the months ahead, I will leave the Department of Justice, but I will never
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leave the work. I will continue to serve and try to find ways to make our nation even more true to its founding ideals. - Author: Eric Holder
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#70. I don't have any intention of resigning. - Author: Eric Holder
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#71. Communities of color don't understand what it means to be a police officer, the fear that police officers have in just being on the streets. - Author: Eric Holder
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#72. Enforcement priorities and arrest patterns must not lead to disparate treatment under the law, even if such treatment is unintended. And police forces should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. - Author: Eric Holder
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#73. Let's deal with reality. The reality is that we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden. He will never appear in an American courtroom. - Author: Eric Holder
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