Quote from Jackson Lee: “It is crucial that the House and Senate Judiciary committees hold hearings in the fall on the continued incidents of the killing of African-American males by law enforcement.”
Several prominent members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are calling on Congress to probe the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo.
Until now, the congressional scrutiny surrounding the death of Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson police has focused on the Department of Justice’s role in investigating the incident.
But Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) — all members of both the CBC and the House Judiciary Committee — said Thursday that Congress has a responsibility to look into the shooting as well.
Conyers, Scott and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) wrote to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) Thursday urging him to probe Brown’s death as part of a broader examination into police killings of young black males across the country.
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