HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON POLICE BRUTALITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

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[Police Brutality News]
On Sep. 19 the House Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on police practices.
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Former tennis pro James Blake, above, himself a victim of police brutality by an NYPD officer, will testify at Judiciary Hearing on policing.

On Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., the House Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing on policing practices.

The hearing will focus on the role of the federal government in addressing concerns about unconstitutional practices, enhancing accountability and in developing 21st century policing practices.

The Witnesses at this hearing will include: Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner

James Blake, Former Pro Tennis Player, Author, and Analyst for Tennis Channel

Ron Davis, Former Director, U.S. Department of Justice, COPS Office

Reverend Al Sharpton, National Action Network

Phillip Atiba Goff, Ph.D., Center for Policing Equity

Chief Vera Bumpers, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Professionals

Lynda Garcia, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The hearing is being held to at 10:00 a.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building Washington D.C.

Background: Federal law prohibits any governmental authority from engaging in a “pattern or practice” of conduct by law enforcement officers that deprives persons of their constitutional rights. Federal law also authorizes the Attorney General to initiate a civil action to obtain appropriate equitable or declaratory relief to eliminate such a pattern or practice.

A series of deaths of unarmed African-American men while in police custody accompanied by public unrest in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD sparked a movement in the United States demanding transparency and accountability when police use force against civilians. The public outrage over these incidents, most of which were captured on video, catapulted mistrust between police and marginalized communities into the national political discourse.

The purpose of this hearing is to examine the crisis of lost trust between police departments and the communities they serve and evaluate bipartisan solutions towards repairing and healing the relationship between civilians and law enforcement.

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