Reiterating many of the points he has emphasized in his speeches this past week, Mr. Holder wrote a blog entry posted Friday on the Justice Department website calling for an end to violence in the town while federal investigators conduct a “fair,” “thorough” and “independent” investigation.
“I hope the relative calm that we witnessed last night can be enduring,” he wrote. “To a person, the people I met yesterday take great pride in their town. They want a resolution.”
Mr. Holder said his visit to the town affected him greatly as he met with both community leaders and law enforcement officers.
“Despite the mistrust that exists, [town residents] reject the violence we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks,” Mr. Holder said. “In that sense, while I went to Ferguson to provide reassurance, in fact, they gave me hope.”
Ferguson has been the site of a deepening civil rights confrontation after a black teenager, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a white police officer Aug. 9.
Mr. Holder met with Mr. Brown’s parents, and said he talked with them “not just as attorney general, but as a father with a teenage son myself.”