Congressional Black Caucus Asks Department of Justice to Investigate Police Shootings: ‘The Killing of Unarmed Black Men and Women By Police Is a Crisis’ | News

Congressional Black Caucus Asks Department of Justice to Investigate Police Shootings: ‘The Killing of Unarmed Black Men and Women By Police Is a Crisis’

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G.K. Butterfield
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The Congressional Black Caucus, headed up by Democratic congressman G.K. Butterfield (who represents Durham), has sent Attorney General Loretta Lynch a letter urging her to "aggressively pursue investigations, indictments, and prosecutions, through the Office of Civil Rights, against any and all law enforcement officers who harm or kill innocent, unarmed Black men, women, and children."

The letter comes in the wake of the killings of Keith Scott in Charlotte and Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby was indicted for Crutcher's murder on Thursday afternoon.

"There must be a national standard regarding the use of lethal force," Butterfield said at a press conference today, "and the Congressional Black Caucus will not rest until fairness and justice have been brought to the victims, families and communities who have suffered at the hands of law enforcement.”

Added Representative Maxine Waters of California, "
The killing of unarmed black men and women by a police is a crisis. It is an emergency."

"The Members of the Congressional Black Caucus will not rest until we have determined that you are using the full power of your office and performing the fullness of your duty to bring about fairness and justice for victims, families, and communities who have suffered for far too long at the hands of law enforcement," the letter says.

Read it in full below.



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