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Atty. Gen. Eric Holder coming to OKC next week for police-cadet graduation

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Top image: First Church in downtown OKC. Lower image: Attorney General Eric Holder.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – As part of the  graduation ceremonies for the Oklahoma City Police Department’s cadets,  Red Dirt Report has confirmed that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will be visiting Oklahoma City next Thursday, April 24th.

And what was telling about our inquiries this week was about how little information has been released in advance of his visit. 

A spokesperson for First Church at 131 NW 4th street, just a block from the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, confirmed that the cadet graduation would be held there next Thursday.

Red Dirt Report was tipped off about Holder’s impending visit earlier this week and while it proved difficult to nail anything down, we finally did confirm that Holder would, in fact, be coming.

Diane Clay, spokesperson for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, told Red Dirt Report that her boss will be out of town during the time Holder is scheduled to visit the state.

Kristy Yager, spokesperson for the City of Oklahoma City, said that Mayor Mick Cornett was not involved in arranging for Holder’s visit. Cornett, we were told, was unavailable for comment.

Red Dirt Report contacted the offices of Attorney General Eric Holder, the offices of Gov. Mary Fallin, the offices of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, the offices of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, and the offices of the Oklahoma City FBI. Of those, none returned our calls and/or our email requests.

However, we did hear from a representative with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

“For security purposes, we will release information regarding the upcoming OCPD police graduation the week of the graduation,” Capt. Dexter Nelson of the OCPD said in an email.

Also, our request to interview Chief Bill Citty was not returned. We also sought comment from a representative from the local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123. That, too, was not returned.

One person Red Dirt Report interviewed regarding Holder’s upcoming visit told this reporter that they really do not understand why the OCPD would choose to bring a controversial, national figure like Eric Holder to Oklahoma City.

With controversies like the “Fast & Furious” scandal and others, this person said he and others who have learned about Holder’s planned trip to Oklahoma City think it is outrageous and they plan to protest his visit.

“This guy is so against Oklahoma-type principles, what we believe in,” the man told this reporter. “Why did they ask this guy to come to Oklahoma City? What the heck in going on?”

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