House Democrats Demand Probes of Police Killings of Black Americans

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Thursday asked the Justice Department to investigate systemic police misconduct following a spate of high-profile police killings of African Americans.

The killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis, who died when a white officer pinned him down with a knee to the neck, and Breonna Taylor, shot in her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment, raise questions as to whether police were engaged in a “pattern or practice of unconstitutional conduct,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler and the other Democratic members told Attorney General William Barr in a letter.

The letter also asks the department to probe the local law enforcement authorities who were responsible for investigating the death of Ahmaud Arbery, another unarmed black man who was gunned down by a former police officer and his son while jogging in his Georgia neighborhood.

“Public trust in the blind administration of justice is being seriously tested by recent high-profile killings of African-Americans,” Nadler wrote.

The deaths of Floyd, Arbery and Taylor have garnered national attention and civil rights advocates say they are the latest in a long history of racially motivated attacks against unarmed black men and women by white police or perpetrators.

The death of Floyd, 46, sparked sometimes violent protests this week, after video showing him gasping for air while a policeman kneeled on his neck went viral. It echoed the 2014 death of Eric Garner in New York, which helped fuel the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The FBI has already opened investigations of the three latest incidents, and the department has said it is weighing whether to file hate crime charges against Arbery’s killers.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions put the brakes on “pattern or practice” probes of alleged systemic discrimination in 2017, after he ordered the department to review consent decrees the Obama administration had struck with troubled police departments.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Scott Malone and Dan Grebler)


  1. Gee where was the Congressional Democratic demand for investigation when SuperO was president.
    Crickets chirped louder.

    1. The difference is Obama was calling for the investigations and the DOJ worked throughout his presidency to identify where police reform was needed – especially in black communities. President Trump scaled back those investigations and local police reforms significantly in 2017.

      When things stop being addressed at all (and many could argue what Obama did wasnt enough), but still a major problem then congress needs to get involved.

        1. But the weight of the DOJ was enough to not require additional congressional interference.

          The DOJ is no longer working this because the Trump Admin stopped it. That is the answer to your question.

          Also there were several reforms locally as issues came up. Surely youre not implying Obama should have made sweeping changes to police policies across the US.

  2. *I am making $110 an hour working from home. i was greatly surprised at the same time my best friend advised me she changed into averaging $95 however I see the way it works now. I experience masses freedom now that i’m non-public boss. that is what I do……*

    1. The is absolutely NO trust in the blind administration of justice among African Americans and Latino Americans.

      Quite the contrary. Daily acts of bigotry, prejudice, and racism by police leave them with a massive mistrust of law enforcement.

      Jim Crow has migrated out of the Deep South, where it still prevails, into every major US city police department. It is systemically entrenched in them and impossible to remove because the powers that be like and want it to be there.

      1. The most horrific beating I ever witnessed the results of was administered by a duo of black police officers to a Hispanic suspect. What’s the narrative now, John?

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