Washington, D.C. – Several members of the bipartisan Policing Strategies Working Group will be traveling to Detroit, Michigan 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 their first photo spray and press conference following their private roundtable with community leaders on Tuesday, August 30 beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET. Details can be found below.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)
Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.)
Representative Doug Collins (R-Ga.)
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)
Representative David Reichert (R-Wa.)
Representative Cedric Richmond (D-La.)
Representative Robin Kelly (D-Ill.)
Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
Kenneth E. Grabowski, Legislative Director, Police Officers Association of Michigan
Kary L. Moss, Executive Director, ACLU of Michigan
Kym L. Korthy, Esq., Wayne County Prosecutor
Sheriff Benny Napoleon, Wayne County Sheriff
Chandra McMillion, Founding Member, Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust
Lindsey Mason, Citizen Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending
WHAT: Photo spray immediately following the conclusion of the bipartisan Policing Strategies Working Group roundtable with community leaders. A press conference will begin shortly after the photo spray.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. Photo spray begins at 12:00 p.m. and press conference begins at 12:15 p.m. Media with video equipment can begin setup at noon during the photo spray. The press conference will also be streamed live on the House Judiciary Committee’s Facebook page.
WHERE: Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse, 231 West Lafayette Boulevard, Room 115, Detroit, MI 48226
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.house.gov by Friday, August 26, 2016. Members of the media who do not RSVP will not be permitted to enter the courthouse and bring media equipment.
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 in The Hill here.