Washington, D.C. – Several members of the bipartisan Policing Strategies Working Group will be traveling to Atlanta, Georgia to meet with local community leaders and law enforcement to discuss police accountability, aggression towards law enforcement, and public safety concerns related to these issues. Members of the working group plan to hold a press conference following their private roundtable with community leaders on . Details can be found below.
Members of Congress
Members of Congress
· House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)
· Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.)
· Representative Doug Collins (R-Ga.)
· Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)
· Representative David Reichert (R-Wa.)
· Representative Hank Johnson (D-Ga.)
· George Turner, Chief of Police, Atlanta Police Department
· John Horn, United States Attorney, Northern District of Georgia
· Joseph P. Spillane, Chief of Police, Georgia State University
· Roderick Hughey, Sr., Pastor, Voices of Faith North
· Nirej Sekhon, Associate Professor of Law, Georgia State University – College of Law
· Johnathan Hill, Student Body President, Morehouse University
WHAT: Press conference following the conclusion of the bipartisan Policing Strategies Working Group roundtable with community leaders.
WHEN: Media with video equipment can begin setup at The press conference will also be streamed live on the House Judiciary Committee Majority’s Facebook page.
WHERE: Georgia State University – College of Law
85 Park Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
RSVP: Members of the media who wish to attend must RSVP with Jessica Collins atJessica.Collins@mail.house.gov and Shadawn Reddick-Smith at Shadawn.Reddick-Smith@mail.
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Background on the Working Group: In July 2016, Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers announced the establishment of a working group to examine police accountability, aggression towards law enforcement, and public safety concerns related to these issues. The bipartisan working group is in the process of holding a series of roundtables to candidly discuss the issues fueling excessive force used by law enforcement and attacks against police officers. Read Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers’ op-ed on the working group, below.
Examining police-community issues with bipartisan working group
Just days before his murder, Montrell Jackson, an African-American police officer, summed up these issues in a Facebook post: “In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat…These are trying times.” He further called on his fellow citizens: “Please don’t let hate infect your heart.”
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