Bipartisan House group to work on police issues

Bipartisan House group to work on police issues
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House lawmakers have formed a bipartisan working group to discuss the racial and social issues affecting police and the communities they serve in the wake of the Dallas shootings.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Immigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview MORE (R-Va.) and ranking member John Conyers (D-Mich.) said the group will hold a series of roundtable discussions to candidly talk about issues, including the use of excessive force by law enforcement as well as recent attacks against police officers.

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The announcement comes about a week after a sniper killed five police officers in Dallas. The shootings happened during a protest over the recent killings by police of two black men, Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana. The incidents have sparked a nationwide debate over policing.

“We mourn the loss of all of these lives and want to see an end to this violence,” Goodlatte and Conyers said in a joint statement.

“It’s clear that more must be done to end excessive use of force, strengthen police accountability, prevent violent attacks on law enforcement and improve the relationship between police officers and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve.”

Goodlate and Conyers will lead the working group and plan to bring outside leaders on the issue into discussions. The first roundtable will be held on Thursday, but it will not be open to the public.