WASHINGTON (WNCN) – Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday called on the Department of Justice to prosecute those who target and profile the African-American community.
“I come today pleading for not only peace for my community, but for communities all across the country,” said Rep. Alma Adams (D-Charlotte).
Adams was in her district Wednesday meeting with city officials and clergy members.
“When I asked the citizens in Charlotte last night, what did they want me to take back to my colleagues [in Washington]? They said to tell them that we need the attorney general to step in and use her power to help make change that we need,” she said.
Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus delivered a letter Thursday to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch demanding federal action in the cases of law enforcement officers who harm or kill unarmed African-Americans.
North Carolina Congressman G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat representing the first district, also spoke at the event.
“There must be a national standard regarding the use of lethal force,” he said. “Body cameras and other technology must be required to depict the events surrounding a police encounter.”
Lynch responded, saying the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are monitoring the situation in Charlotte.
“I know that these are difficult times and I know that the events of recent days are painfully unclear and they call out for answers,” she said. “But I also know that the answer will not be found in the violence of recent days.”
Lynch also said the Department of Justice is sending four members of its community relations service to Charlotte and will be providing support to local authorities.
“Most of the demonstrators last night were executing their constitutional and protected right, to peaceful protest in order to raise issues and to create change. We need your voice we need your passion, we need your commitment, but I urge those responsible for bringing violence to these demonstrations to stop. Because you’re drowning out the voices of commitment and change and you’re ushering in more tragedy in our communities,” said Lynch.