Oklahoma conservatives plan to protest U.S. Attorney General Holder’s appearance

OKLAHOMA CITY – Conservatives are calling for protesters to gather Thursday when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the graduation ceremony for a group of Oklahoma City police academy cadets.

State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Oklahoma City, called for demonstrations near the site of Holder’s speech, 1:30 p.m. Thursday at First Church, 131 N.W. Fourth in downtown Oklahoma City.

News of Holder’s visit first broke at the website “Socrates on Facebook,” which Rep. Wesselholf runs.
According to Wesselhoft’s “Socrates” post, Mayor Mick Cornett and Police Chief Bill Citty will attend Holder’s speech.

State Rep. Mike Turnker, R-Oklahoma City, a candidate for the Republican nomination in the Fifth Congressional District of Oklahoma – Oklahoma City and areas to the east – vigorously protested the appearance in comments sent Friday evening to Oklahoma Watchdog.

“This is simply outrageous,” said Turner. “After his involvement in the ‘Fast and Furious’ gun running scandal and his refusal to hand over documents on the matter to Congress, I find it disturbing that he will be addressing men and women who will be fighting on the front lines against the Mexican Cartel presence in Oklahoma City.

“Our police officers put their lives on the line every day to ensure the safety of our citizens. I cannot condone the decision to have someone appear at a police graduation that does not respect their sacrifice and is willing to needlessly endanger American lives.”

Also protesting Holder’s visit was Bob Dani, moderator of the “High Noon” club, a weekly gathering of conservative and libertarian activists.

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