CBC Holds Press Conference at DOJ and Presents Letter to AG Loretta Lynch Addressing Systematic Surveillance and Profiling of Blacks by Law Enforcement

September 22, 2016

Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and members of the CBC held a press conference at the U.S. Department of Justice to address the systematic surveillance and profiling of African Americans by law enforcement in communities across the country:

“The Congressional Black Caucus is outraged and deeply troubled with the dozens of unlawful police shootings taking place all across America involving unarmed African American men, women and children,” said CBC Chairman Butterfield. “Tensions are very high in our country, and violence does not lead to justice. We urge Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice 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 African Americans.  There must be a national standard regarding the use of lethal force, 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.”

A copy of the letter presented to Attorney General Lynch may be viewed in its entirety here.

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Since its establishment in 1971, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have joined together to empower America’s neglected citizens and address their legislative concerns. For more than 40 years, the CBC has consistently been the voice for people of color and vulnerable communities in Congress and has been committed to utilizing the full Constitutional power and statutory authority of the United States government to ensure that all U.S. citizens have an opportunity to achieve the American Dream. To learn more about the Congressional Black Caucus, visit http://cbc-butterfield.house.gov.

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