US Attorney General Eric Holder arrives for a meeting with French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve at the Justice Department in Washington on Feb. 19, 2015.
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February 27, 2015 8:04 AM EST

Attorney General Eric Holder says that he will soon call on Congress to lower the standard of proof in federal civil rights cases, to allow federal prosecution where local authorities are unable or unwilling to get a conviction.

“There is a better way in which we could have federal involvement in these kinds of matters to allow the federal government to be a better backstop in examining these cases,” Holder said in an NBC News interview conducted on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced that it found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges in the 2012 …

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