ST. LOUIS (CBSNewYork) — Speaking to students at St. Louis Community College Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said, “I’m the attorney general of the United States, but I’m also a black man,” according to the transcript from the Department of Justice.
As WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported, Holder recalled being pulled over twice on the New Jersey Turnpike and accused of speeding. Holder said officers asked to search his car, the transcript reads.
“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” he said.
Holder added that it shows change is possible. The same man who got stopped on a New Jersey freeway, as he put it, is now the attorney general of the U.S.
Holder was in Ferguson, Mo., as an independent investigation is launched into the police shooting death of an unarmed teen, Michael Brown.
Holder met with FBI investigators as well as community leaders in Ferguson to discuss the tension in the town as well as the incident.
Last week, thousands rallied in protest of Brown’s death in a march from Union Square to Times Square.
As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, the crowd stopped traffic as protesters held their hands up in the air and yelled, “Don’t shoot!”
The chant was a reference to witness accounts that Brown had his hands raised when he was fatally shot by police.
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