Hundreds Expected To Protest AG Holder's OKC Visit

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014, 6:11 pm
By: News 9

Hundreds of people are expected to tell Attorney General Eric Holder they don't want him in Oklahoma City.

State lawmakers, police officers and activists plan to protest a speech Holder will give Thursday at a graduation ceremony welcoming new officers to the Oklahoma City Police Department.

The ceremony will be held at First Church just east of the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Protest organizers are calling on the officers in attendance to place Holder in handcuffs.

Conservative organizer Bob Dani is calling out Oklahoma City officials for allowing Holder to address Oklahoma City's newest officers.

"Eric Holder is in contempt of Congress right now," said Dani.

At issue is the debate over "Fast and Furious" and the IRS scandal. Conservative Members of Congress say Holder has broken the law -- others say the congressional probes are just political stunts.

Police officials tell News 9 they don't let politics drive their decisions. Chief Citty says he respects the office Holder holds and serves. FBI agents will be out in force, according to police. Extra city officers will be also be patrolling the streets, monitoring even their own.

Dani says he expects the protest to be peaceful. News 9 reached out to the United States Department of Justice for comment. No comment was provided as of late Wednesday.

The graduation ceremony for Oklahoma City's 42 newest officers starts at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at 131 NW 4th St. in Oklahoma City.