Yesterday, Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), John Conyers (D-MI), and Bennie Thompson (D-MS) requested a series of in-depth hearings to examine issues raised by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown (and others).
“We firmly believe that events in Staten Island, New York, Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere have fractured the trust of Americans in the integrity of the criminal justice system,” the Ranking Members wrote. “The Federal government has a critical role to play in ensuring that all Americans are treated equally before the law, especially by their local police, and it is our responsibility to exercise oversight of the funding and resources that the Federal government allocates to these local jurisdictions. Hearings into these topics will be important early steps on the long road of healing across the country.”
The three Democrats requesting hearings on issues stemming from the Mike Brown and Eric Garner situations are in the minority in the House. Whether hearings happen is controlled by House Republicans read the letter they wrote here.