Congressional Black Caucus Plans Protest
The Congressional Black Caucus will hold a demonstration at the U.S. Justice Department in response to the recent police-involved shootings.
“It’s become way too common,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said as he left to House floor for votes Wednesday afternoon. “Way too routine, this cannot be like business as usual anymore.”
Several members of the caucus expressed frustration with the recent fatal shooting deaths of unarmed Black men, women and children in recent months, The Root reports. As a result, it was decided that members would march to the Department of Justice in protest on Thursday.
Scott was fatally wounded as officers were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant at an apartment complex when they saw a man inside a vehicle nearby. His family says there was no weapon, and Scott was reading a book as he waited for a child to arrive from school.
Crutcher died as he appeared to be surrendering to law enforcement officials on the side of a Tulsa highway after his vehicle reportedly stalled. He was unarmed at the time of his death.
Details for the march are said to still be in the planning stages, but Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) confirmed that a march was planned.
During a speech at the International Bar Association Conference Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the department was looking into Scott’s death.
“The Department of Justice is aware of, and we are assessing, the incident that led to the death of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte. We are in regular contact with local authorities as their investigation into the shooting begins to unfold,” she said.
Lynch also said a separate investigation into the death of Terence Crutcher was underway.
“And on Monday, the Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, OK. As always, the Justice Department will be thorough, impartial and exhaustive in reaching a determination about this incident.”