U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch believes the federal government should not require local police departments to report on civilians killed by police, The Guardian reports. Lynch shared this stance, which differs from former Attorney General Eric Holder’s stance on police killings, during a conversation with NBC journalist Chuck Todd.
“One of the things we are focusing on at the Department of Justice is not trying to reach down from Washington and dictate to every local department how they should handle the minutia of record keeping, but we are stressing to them that these records must be kept,” she said.
Melanie Newman, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice told the Guardian that Lynch encourages police departments to maintain records regarding the interactions between police and civilians.
“Her broader point was that while maintaining data to record police interactions is important, we should be focused on preventing those interactions by improving relationships between local law enforcement and their communities,” Newman said.
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