November 24, 2014
Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement after the Grand Jury decision on the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO:
"The tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson showcases major issues that need to be addressed in law enforcement throughout our country. To best protect our communities, it is critical that law enforcement work to develop and improve relationships with the communities they serve. This requires a police force that is representative of the people they serve. In Ferguson and in many cities across the country, law enforcement fails to represent the diversity of the people they are entrusted to protect. Additionally, the militarization of some of our law enforcement has led many to view police as an outsider and a threat, rather than a protector. I will do all I can in Congress to push for these changes."