Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement after the President’s executive order to create the Task Force for 21st Century Policing:
“As the tragedies in Ferguson and New York made clear, our country needs to strengthen and build relationships between local law enforcement and the communities they serve.  I applaud the President for creating this task force of law enforcement representatives, local leaders, youth leaders, and academics to prepare recommendations on how to improve policing.  I was also pleased to see that Washington State’s Sue Rahr was selected to serve on the task force.  Sue brings years of experience and perspective, and is an excellent choice.  I look forward to seeing what recommendations the Task Force offers and will work to implement changes that will help build trust and relationships with local law enforcement and their communities.”