Holder cancels OKC speech amid planned protests

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has canceled plans to deliver a speech to a group of Oklahoma City police cadets amid a planned protest by conservative lawmakers and organizations.

Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Dexter Nelson confirmed Thursday that Holder's appearance had been canceled. U.S. District Judge Vickie Miles LaGrange will speak to the 42 graduating cadets instead.

Holder's planned visit to Oklahoma City drew the ire of several conservative lawmakers, including two-term U.S. Rep. James Lankford, who said Holder's visit was "incredibly inappropriate."

Republican Rep. Mike Turner of Oklahoma City was among several GOP legislators who planned to attend a protest downtown.

Nelson said he was unaware why Holder's planned visit was canceled, but said additional security personnel will remain in place because of the protest.

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