Even conservatives realize they can’t ignore the horrific nature of the DOJ’s report on Ferguson

A contributing editor to the conservative website RedState found himself in agreement with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes this Monday night, saying that more people on the right should be outraged at the DOJ’s disturbing report on the Ferguson Police Department.

Appearing on All In With Chris Hayes, Leon Wolf discussed his latest piece from RedState that’s been garnering lots of attention, titled “Many Conservatives are Blowing it on the Ferguson DOJ Report.

In the piece, Wolf slammed the “ideological tribalism” that led conservatives to defend the Ferguson Police Department. After reading the 102-page report, Wolf was convinced that “no conservative on earth should feel comfortable with the way the Ferguson PD has been operating.”

“Conservatives, as much as liberals or even more so in many cases, are attuned to civil rights issues,” Wolf told Hayes. “I think where the disconnect comes in a lot of times is that conservatives are less likely to believe that they occurs or that they’re as widespread as they might be.”

Wolf added that the DOJ report affirmed civil rights activists and protesters alike who claimed that “these civil rights violations are relatively commonplace.”

“In some ways, it’s the worst vision of big, bad government,” Hayes said, explaining that he expected more conservative outrage about the report’s findings. “I mean, here you are essentially turning armed agents of the state into revenue collectors, first and foremost. The whole thing is about extracting money from people for the public till!”

Watch the exchange in the video below:

Featured image courtesy of Talking Points Memo

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.

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