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Holder Announces Plan to Target Racial Profiling
ATLANTA (AP) -- Speaking at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta - the church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that he will soon unveil long-planned Justice Department guidance aimed at ending racial profiling.

Holder traveled to Atlanta to meet with law enforcement and community leaders for the first in a series of regional meetings around the country. The president asked Holder to set up the meetings in the wake of clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri.

"In the coming days, I will announce updated Justice Department guidance regarding profiling by federal law enforcement. This will institute rigorous new standards - and robust safeguards - to help end racial profiling, once and for all," Holder said. "This new guidance will codify our commitment to the very highest standards of fair and effective policing."

Tensions between police and the community in Ferguson boiled over into violent confrontations in August after a white police officer shot a black teenager. Protests turned violent again last week after a grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Officials in Ferguson, Missouri are waiting for what multiple media sources say will be scathing news from the Department of Justice. The long-awaited report on the Ferguson Police Department's actions towards minorities could be released as early as Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: Los Angeles police officers interfere in the continued demonstrations after the Grand Jury did not indict white Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown on November 28, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. 8 protestors were reportedly arrested after the intervention. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: Los Angeles police officer detains a protestor during the continued demonstrations after the Grand Jury did not indict white Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown on November 28, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. 8 protestors were reportedly arrested after the intervention of the police. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: A protestor holds a banner with the pictures of civilians died in police-involved cases during the continued demonstrations after the Grand Jury did not indict white Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown on November 28, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. 8 protestors were reportedly arrested during the demonstrations. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: A press member is seen during the continued demonstrations after the Grand Jury did not indict white Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown on November 28, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. 8 protestors were reportedly arrested during the demonstrations. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: Los Angeles police officers interfere in the continued demonstrations after the Grand Jury did not indict white Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown on November 28, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. 8 protestors were reportedly arrested after the intervention. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: A masked protestor is seen during the continued demonstrations after the Grand Jury did not indict white Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown on November 28, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. 8 protestors were reportedly arrested during the demonstrations. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: Los Angeles police officers interfere in the continued demonstrations after the Grand Jury did not indict white Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown on November 28, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles. 8 protestors were reportedly arrested after the intervention. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, US - NOVEMBER 28: Protestors gather at West Country Center Mall near Ferguson on November 28,2014 during a rally against the Grand Jury's decision not to indict white Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown. Demonstrators also call for a boycott of retailers during the Black Friday shopping weekend. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, US - NOVEMBER 28: Protestors shout slogans at West Country Center Mall near Ferguson on November 28,2014 during a rally against the Grand Jury's decision not to indict white Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown. Demonstrators also call for a boycott of retailers during the Black Friday shopping weekend. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hang a banner at Saint Louis Galleria mall as they yelled chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protests inside the Galleria shopping mall on November 28, 2014 in Brentwood, Missouri. Police officers forced businesses to close and cleared the mall of any patrons. Small groups of protesters have demonstrated at various area stores to persuade customers to not shop there. Protesters have called for a boycott of stores on 'Black Friday', a day after Thanksgiving that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest inside the Galleria shopping mall on November 28, 2014 in Brentwood, Missouri. Police officers forced businesses to close and cleared the mall of any patrons. Small groups of protesters have demonstrated at various area stores to persuade customers to not shop there. Protesters have called for a boycott of stores on 'Black Friday', a day after Thanksgiving that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protests inside the Galleria shopping mall on November 28, 2014 in Brentwood, Missouri. Police officers forced businesses to close and cleared the mall of any patrons. Small groups of protesters have demonstrated at various area stores to persuade customers to not shop there. Protesters have called for a boycott of stores on 'Black Friday', a day after Thanksgiving that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors demonstrate inside the Ferguson Walmart Shopping Center on November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Small groups of protesters have demonstrated at various area stores to persuade customers to not shop there. Protesters have called for a boycott of stores on 'Black Friday', a day after Thanksgiving that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protests inside the Galleria shopping mall on November 28, 2014 in Brentwood, Missouri. Police officers forced businesses to close and cleared the mall of any patrons. Small groups of protesters have demonstrated at various area stores to persuade customers to not shop there. Protesters have called for a boycott of stores on 'Black Friday', a day after Thanksgiving that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Police officers watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
Police officers watch as protesters demonstrate inside the Galleria shopping mall on November 28, 2014 in Brentwood, Missouri. Small groups of protesters have demonstrated at various area stores to persuade customers to not shop there. Protesters have called for a boycott of stores on 'Black Friday', a day after Thanksgiving that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protests inside the Galleria shopping mall on November 28, 2014 in Brentwood, Missouri. Small groups of protesters have demonstrated at various area stores to persuade customers to not shop there. Protesters have called for a boycott of stores on 'Black Friday', a day after Thanksgiving that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Retail workers watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown holds a sign as she walks through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrator Kymone Freeman wears a pig nose as he protest the shooting death of Michael Brown at Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Macy's employees Raechelle Brooks, left, and Lisa Jones, center, join demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown as they walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown lay down on the floor at the Saint Louis Galleria during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown lay down on the floor at the Saint Louis Galleria during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown walk past a Coach store at Saint Louis Galleria mall chanting during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown lay down on the floor at the Saint Louis Galleria during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Shoppers are in disbelief after retailers locked their doors as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through the Saint Louis Galleria mall chanting during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown lay down on the floor at the Saint Louis Galleria during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Customers shop behind a locked gate at a retail shop as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through the Saint Louis Galleria mall chanting during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown walk through Saint Louis Galleria mall yelling chants during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Shoppers watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through the Saint Louis Galleria mall chanting during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : A Brook Brothers Woman store employee unlocks the doors for customers after demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown walk through the Saint Louis Galleria mall chanting during Black Friday November 28, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall was later closed. Some local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson, Missouri as tension continue to still run high in the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 28: A message written in chalk is displayed on the sidewalk along West Florissant Road November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Earlier today a small stretch of West Florissant Road was open back to motorist and residents living in the area as tension continue to still run high after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 28: A police officer cordons off West Florissant Road with yellow police tape as a message written in chalk is displayed on the sidewalk along November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Earlier today a small stretch of West Florissant Road was open back to motorist and residents living in the area as tension continue to still run high after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 28: A woman draws a heart with chalk on the sidewalk along West Florissant Road November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Earlier today a small stretch of West Florissant Road was open back to motorist and residents living in the area as tension continue to still run high after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 28: A demonstrator protests outside a Wal-Mart store on Black Friday November 28, 2014 near Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area leaving several businesses burned to the ground. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown holds a sign near the entrance to a local Walmart store on Black Friday, November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Some local businesses remain closed to consumers in Ferguson as tensions remain high in the community after Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black male teenager, was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer, on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges, sparking riots throughout Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through a local Walmart store on Black Friday, November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Some local businesses remain closed to consumers in Ferguson as tensions remain high in the community after Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black male teenager, was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer, on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges, sparking riots throughout Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
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FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: National Guard troops and police officers stand outside of a closed Walmart November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson as tension continue to still run high the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: A National Guard troop stands outside of a closed Walmart November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson as tension continue to still run high the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: Police officers and National Guard troops stand outside of a closed Walmart November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson as tension continue to still run high the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: people stand outside near National Guard troops and police officers positioned outside of a closed Walmart November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Local businesses still remain closed to consumers in Ferguson as tension continue to still run high the community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: David Whitt, standing next to a burned out car, checks on visitors to the Michael Brown memorial at the Canfield Green Apartments on Thanksgiving Day November 27, 2014 near Ferguson, Missouri. Whitt started a Copwatch chapter in Ferguson to monitor police activity after Brown was killed. The car, which belonged to a journalist, was torched on Tuesday evening. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: David Whitt, standing next to a burned out car, checks on visitors to the Michael Brown memorial at the Canfield Green Apartments on Thanksgiving Day November 27, 2014 near Ferguson, Missouri. Whitt started a Copwatch chapter in Ferguson to monitor police activity after Brown was killed. The car, which belonged to a journalist, was torched on Tuesday evening. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: David Whitt shops for groceries for Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day November 27, 2014 near Ferguson, Missouri. Whitt lives in the Canfield Green Apartments near where Michael Brown was killed. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: Reverend Shonda Gladden hugs Mikael Merchant as Brad Hill stands behind them at a memorial for Michael Brown on Canfield Drive November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Tension still run high in the Ferguson community after Michael Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Eric Thayer for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: People visit the Michael Brown memorial in the Canfield Green Apartments on Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 28 : Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs as they walk through the aisles of a local Walmart store on Black Friday, November 28, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Some local businesses remain closed to consumers in Ferguson as tensions remain high in the community after Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black male teenager, was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer, on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury decided Monday not to indict Wilson with charges, sparking riots throughout Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
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Holder's meeting in Atlanta included a closed roundtable discussion with law enforcement and community leaders followed by a public interfaith service and community forum.

The meeting came on the heels of President Barack Obama's request to federal agencies Monday for recommendations to ensure the U.S. isn't building a "militarized culture" within police departments. The White House also announced it wants more police to wear cameras that capture their interactions with civilians. The cameras are part of a $263 million spending package to help police departments improve their community relations.

The selection of King's church as the site for the meeting was significant. The most successful and enduring movements for change adhere to the principles of non-aggression and nonviolence that King preached, Holder said.

"As this congregation knows better than most, peaceful protest has long been a hallmark, and a legacy, of past struggles for progress," he said. "This is what Dr. King taught us, half a century ago, in his eloquent words from the Ebenezer pulpit and in the vision he shared from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial."

While the grand jury has made its decision, the Justice Department continues its investigation into the death of Brown and into allegations of unconstitutional policing patterns or practices by the Ferguson Police Department, Holder said to loud applause.

Holder also told the crowd that the meetings he's convening around the country are just the beginning and that he wants to start a frank dialogue and then translate that into concrete action and results.

Holder's comments were well-received by the audience. When a group of people interrupted his speech with chants and was escorted out, Holder applauded their "genuine expression of concern and involvement" and got a standing ovation from the crowd.

Several dozen protesters chanted and waved signs referencing Ferguson outside the doors of church.

Holder, who plans to leave the position once a successor is confirmed, has identified civil rights as a cornerstone priority for the Justice Department and speaks frequently about what he calls inequities in the treatment of minorities in the criminal justice system. He has targeted sentences for nonviolent drug crimes that he says are overly harsh and disproportionately affect black defendants and has promoted alternatives to prison for non-violent offenders.

Last year, as part of the Justice Department's "Smart on Crime" initiative, he instructed federal prosecutors to stop charging many nonviolent drug defendants with offenses that carry mandatory minimum sentences - punishments that he said were contributing to overcrowded prisons. The Justice Department has also broadened the criteria for inmates seeking clemency in hopes of encouraging potentially thousands more inmates to apply, and Holder backed changes in federal sentencing guideline ranges that could result in tens of thousands of drug prisoners becoming eligible for early release.

Holder also has publicly discussed the need to ease tensions between police departments and minority communities. The Justice Department has also targeted flawed police departments, initiating roughly 20 investigations of local police agencies - including Ferguson - in the past five years. A new pilot program announced weeks after the Ferguson shooting will study racial bias in American cities and recommend ways to reduce the problem.

He has spoken about race in sometimes personal terms, recalling after the Ferguson shooting instances in which as a younger man he was stopped or confronted by police without cause. He has also said he understands mistrust of law enforcement in minority communities.

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Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.

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FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 25: A Ferguson firefighter surveys rubble at a strip mall that was set on fire when rioting erupted following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. At least 12 buildings were torched and more than 50 people were arrested during the night-long rioting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
DELLWOOD, MO - NOVEMBER 25: A car burns behind a business during rioting on November 25, 2014 in Dellwood, Missouri. Ferguson has been struggling to return to normal after Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. His death has sparked months of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson. A grand jury today declined to indict officer Wilson. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 25: A protestor spits after being hit by tear gas in her car after the riot erupted when the Grand Jury announced they will not indict white Officer Daren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on November 24, 2014. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DELLWOOD, MO - NOVEMBER 25: Cars which were set on fire when rioting erupted following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case sit on a lot on November 25, 2014 in Dellword Missouri. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. At least 12 buildings were torched and more than 50 people were arrested during the night-long rioting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
DELLWOOD, MO - NOVEMBER 25: Cars which were set on fire when rioting erupted following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case sit on a lot on November 25, 2014 in Dellword Missouri. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. At least 12 buildings were torched and more than 50 people were arrested during the night-long rioting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
DELLWOOD, MO - NOVEMBER 25: A sign sits amidst rubble at a building that was damaged during a demonstration on November 25, 2014 in Dellwood, Missouri. Demonstrators caused extensive damage in Ferguson and surrounding areas last night after a St. Louis County grand jury decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 24: Riot police run past a burning St. Louis County police car as hundreds of protesters gather after an announcement that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown day, November 24, 2014, in Ferguson, MO. The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, has captivated the nation as a grand jury deliberated to decide whether to charge the officer with a crime. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 25: A car drives by a burning building during a demonstration on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson has been struggling to return to normal after Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. His death has sparked months of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson. A grand jury today declined to indict officer Wilson. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 25: Workers board up a window of a restaurant after it was smashed when rioting erupted following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. At least 12 buildings were torched and more than 50 people were arrested during the night-long rioting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
DELLWOOD, MO - NOVEMBER 25: A reporter looks through the window of a laundromat that was damaged during a demonstration on November 25, 2014 in Dellwood, Missouri. Demonstrators caused extensive damage in Ferguson and surrounding areas last night after a St. Louis County grand jury decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 25: A Ferguson firefighter surveys damage to a strip mall that was set on fire when rioting erupted following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. At least 12 buildings were torched and more than 50 people were arrested during the night-long rioting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A demonstrator flashes the victory sign before a burning police car during clashes between police and protesters over the decision in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 24, 2014. US President Barack Obama urged calm as violent protests broke out on the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury decided a white policeman will not face charges for killing a black teen. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A police car burns during clashes between police and protesters over the decision in the shooting death 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 24, 2014. US President Barack Obama urged calm as violent protests broke out on the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury decided a white policeman will not face charges for killing a black teen. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Lesley McSpadden (L), mother of Michael Brown, reacts to hearing a grand jury decision over the 18-year-old unarmed black teenager's death, shot by a white police officer, in Ferguson on November 24, 2014. Protesters set buildings ablaze and looted stores in the US town of Ferguson on November 24 after a grand jury chose not to press charges against a white officer who shot dead a black teen. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 24: Police confront protestors after rioting broke out following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson has been struggling to return to normal after Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. His death has sparked months of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson. A grand jury today declined to indict officer Wison. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 24: Police confront protestors after rioting broke out following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson has been struggling to return to normal after Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. His death has sparked months of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson. A grand jury today declined to indict officer Wison. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 24: A police officer stands with a shotgun during a demonstration on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. A St. Louis County grand jury has decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown that sparked riots in Ferguson, Missouri in August. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A police car burns after being set on fire during clashes between police and protesters over decision in the shooting death 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 24, 2014. US President Barack Obama urged calm as violent protests broke out on the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury decided a white policeman will not face charges for killing a black teen. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 24: A police officer points a shotgun at protestors during a demonstration on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. A St. Louis County grand jury has decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown that sparked riots in Ferguson, Missouri in August. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 24: Protesters attempt to tip over a police car during a demonstration on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. A St. Louis County grand jury has decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown that sparked riots in Ferguson, Missouri in August. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 24: A protestor stands in front of police vehicles with his hands up during a demonstration on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. A St. Louis County grand jury has decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown that sparked riots in Ferguson, Missouri in August. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Police detain a demonstrator amid tear gas during a demonstration to protest the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 24, 2014. US President Barack Obama urged calm on November 24 as violent protests broke out on the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury decided a white policeman will not face charges for killing a black teen. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Police points his rifle at demonstrators after a grand jury decided a white policeman will not face charges for killing a black teen on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. US President Barack Obama urged calm on November 24 as violent protests broke out on the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury decided a white policeman will not face charges for killing a black teen. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 24: Demonstrators block an intersection during a protest as they wait for the grand jury announcement on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson has been struggling to return to normal after Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. His death has sparked months of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson. A grand jury is expected announce today if Wilson should be charged in the shooting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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