Holder departure will bring civil rights questions

Attorney General Eric Holder’s planned resignation has some civil rights leaders wondering what will happen to his initiatives once the first black attorney general leaves office.

He has gotten high praise from the civil rights community for his work. But the Justice Department has not said if there will be federal charges in high-profile cases such as the shootings of Trayvon Martin in Florida and Michael Brown in Missouri.

Holder has also been the public face of initiatives such as protecting voting rights, ending racial profiling and easing tension between police and minority communities.

Activists say Holder’s departure will leave them with a lot to calculate.

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