Rep. Lacy Clay Jr. (D-MO) called on the House Judiciary Committee to hold a special hearing to probe the shooting of robber Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Michael Brown was shot and killed after robbing a convenience store in Ferguson, Missouri.
— paul hampel (@phampel) August 16, 2014
Lacy Clay is not alone.
Several fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus also called for a probe into robber Michael Brown’s shooting death.
The Hill reported:
Several prominent members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are calling on Congress to probe the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo.
Until now, the congressional scrutiny surrounding the death of Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson police has focused on the Department of Justice’s role in investigating the incident.
But Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) — all members of both the CBC and the House Judiciary Committee — said Thursday that Congress has a responsibility to look into the shooting as well.
Conyers, Scott and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) wrote to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) Thursday urging him to probe Brown’s death as part of a broader examination into police killings of young black males across the country.
Jackson Lee, meanwhile, is calling for a similar investigation by both the House and Senate Judiciary panels. The problem, she argued, has grown into “an epidemic.”
“We will not stop these types of confrontations with the police unless there is a national investigation of police and community relations,” she said in a statement. “It is crucial that the House and Senate Judiciary committees hold hearings in the fall on the continued incidents of the killing of African-American males by law enforcement.”