After a long summer of violence, Congress has a big job on its plate: finding new ways to mend relations between police and African-American communities across the nation.
On Tuesday, the search led to Detroit, where a handful of members of the House of Representatives interrupted their seven-week summer break to meet privately with community leaders and law enforcement personnel.
“We are in crisis across the country,” Washington state Republican Rep. Dave Reichert, a former sheriff, said at a news conference at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse. “This isn’t just a Detroit problem. It’s not just a Seattle, Chicago, Baltimore problem. This is a United States of America problem, and the United States Congress needs to take action to support the efforts of all the local communities across the country to fix this problem.”