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Eric Holder's trip to Ferguson, Mo., rooted in his civil rights pledge
Eric Holder's trip to Ferguson, Mo., rooted in his civil rights pledge

Eric H. Holder Jr.'s planned trip Wednesday to the center of riot-torn Ferguson, Mo., in many ways began 5 1/2 years ago, when he became the nation's first African American attorney general and pledged to make federal civil rights enforcement a hallmark of his administration. The police slaying of Michael Brown has presented Holder with what could be the biggest challenge yet to his legacy as the nation's top civil rights advocate, prompting what many are calling an unprecedented federal investigation into the shooting death of the unarmed black 18-year-old. In stark contrast to the Justice Department's usual handling of such cases — in which local government...

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