STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN WM. LACY CLAY (D) MISSOURI REGARDING CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS MARCH TO JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO DEMAND POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY, END TO VIOLENCE
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NOTE: The following, in its entirety, is a
first person statement by
Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri
“Today, I joined with my Congressional Black Caucus colleagues to urge the Department of Justice to require transparency, accountability and real transformation of local law enforcement agencies to stop the epidemic of killings of young African Americans at the hands of local police.
The tragedies we have just witnessed in Tulsa and Charlotte show that the lessons of Ferguson have not yet been learned across the country.
The criminal justice reform legislation that I have introduced, which among other things…would require the appointment of an independent prosecutor in all cases where police use deadly force, and would establish a federal financial incentive to help local police departments purchase and maintain body cameras for all officers…should be debated and passed without delay.
I urge Speaker Ryan to act on criminal justice reform in this congress. And I will continue to work closely with the Department of Justice to ensure that every American is protected by constitutionally sound policing that they can trust.”