By RACHAEL BADE
Lawmakers serving on a new congressional working group aimed at addressing racial tensions between police officers and the African-American community will take a break from their summer recess to convene in Detroit at the end of the month.
The policing strategies group being led by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) will meet with local community leaders and law enforcement on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 to talk about “police accountability, aggression towards law enforcement, and public safety concerns related to these issues,” the committee says.
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“All Americans want to see an end to senseless violence against police officers and citizens, and we in Congress are continuing to look for ways on how best to address this serious problem at the federal level to set the appropriate tone,” Goodlatte said in a statement. “Much of the hard work needed to solve this problem must happen at the local level. Members …look forward to hearing from Detroit officials, law enforcement, and community leaders to learn more about both the challenges they face and ideas for how to address these important issues.”
Conyers said in a statement: “It’s imperative that we strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve.”
“This is not a new issue or one that will be fixed overnight,” he said. “However, the policing strategies working group is a major step in the right direction as we investigate the problems that persist and begin to address them at the federal level.”
House GOP leaders announced the new group in mid-July, days after five police officers were killed at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas. The group’s formation also followed the release of video-recorded shootings of two black men: Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as he was lying on his back with two white officers standing over him, and Philando Castile, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in St. Paul, Minn. while his girlfriend and her child were in the car.
The working group also includes Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), Will Hurd (R-Texas), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Robin Kelly (D-Ill.).
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/police-shootings-detroit-227250#ixzz4Lh9p0PXn