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Rev. Sharpton to Testify at the Committee on the Judiciary Oversight Hearing on Policing Practices—
Thursday, September 12, 2019 (Washington, DC) — Civil rights leader and President of National Action Network Rev. Al Sharpton, will testify next Thursday, September 19 at the House Committee on the Judiciary Oversight Hearing on Policing Practices, led by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). The hearing will address patterns and practices of unconstitutional conduct by state and local law enforcement officers.
“There is a need for greater oversight on the patterns and practices of law enforcement across the country, said Rev, Al Sharpton, President and Founder of National Action Network. Without these checks and balances we will continue to experience discrimination and egregious injustices at every stage of the criminal justice system, beginning with their first encounter with law enforcement officials, as we’ve witnessed first-hand in New York with the death of Eric Garner five years ago.”
Back in July, Rev. Sharpton pushed for a hearing on police misconduct for Eric Garner’s mother Gwen Carr to meet with multiple members of Congress following the announcement that the officer responsible for Garner’s death would not face federal charges. The meetings came on the heels of renewed calls to investigate police misconduct cases in Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York City. Among the congressional leaders, they met with was the Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) who agreed to convene the hearing next week.
Reverend Al Sharpton, National Action Network
James Blake, Former Pro Tennis Player, Author, and Analyst for Tennis Channel
Ron Davis, Former Director, U.S. Department of Justice, COPS Office
Phillip Atiba Goff, Ph.D., Center for Policing Equity
Chief Vera Bumpers, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Professionals
Lynda Garcia, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
September 19, 2019
2141 Rayburn House Office Building