WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder condemned the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Mo., during a protest early Thursday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fairview Heights released Holder’s statement Thursday.
“This heinous assault on two brave law enforcement officers was inexcusable and repugnant,” Holder said. “I condemn violence against any public safety officials in the strongest terms, and the Department of Justice will never accept any threats or violence directed at those who serve and protect our communities — from this cowardly action, to the killing of an officer in Philadelphia last week while he was buying a game for his son, to the tragic loss of a deputy U.S. marshal in the line of duty in Louisiana earlier this week.
“Such senseless acts of violence threaten the very reforms that nonviolent protesters in Ferguson and around the country have been working towards for the past several months,” Holder said. “We wish these injured officers a full and speedy recovery. We stand ready to offer any possible aid to an investigation into this incident, including the department’s full range of investigative resources. And we will continue to stand unequivocally against all acts of violence against cops whenever and wherever they occur.”
According to the St. Louis County Police Facebook page, the two officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries just after midnight Thursday. A St. Louis County officer was shot in the shoulder and a Webster Groves officer was shot in the face. Both were in serious condition before being released from Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
Police said they have no suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
Protesters gathered at the Ferguson police station Thursday after Wednesday’s resignation of Police Chief Thomas Jackson following a Justice Department report that criticized the city’s law enforcement tactics and exposed evidence of racist emails circulated among city employees.