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Conservatives Start to Take the Ferguson DOJ Report Seriously

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on March 18, 2015 at 2:33 PM

Originally published in The Atlantic by Conor Friedersdorf on Mar 17, 2015.

Writers at National Review and Red State look closely at civil rights abuses by law enforcement.

Last week, I criticized the conservative movement for its reaction to the DOJ report on Ferguson, Missouri, arguing that for various ideological and political reasons, its organs were failing to recognize civil-rights violations in urgent need of a remedy.

Where was the outrage?

Since then, there's been a small but notable improvement. In National Review, the coverage of which I singled out for criticism, Jason Lee Steorts, the managing editor, published an exceptional Friday blog post arguing that while many on the right dismiss the Ferguson report as spurious, "anyone who cares about protecting citizens from abusive and arbitrary officialdom" should be grateful that it exists, "whatever else he may think of Eric Holder’s tenure as attorney general."

Steorts lays out the DOJ's findings in detail and concludes by calling on conservatives to rethink how they react to credible reports of law enforcement abuses:

Read the full report here: