While speaking about her community policing tour, Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked if police officers are “even people.”
Asked about how school police officers can be more transparent and “change the way police officers are viewed in the community’s eyes,” Lynch said, “One of the things that I have learned also on this tour, when I talk to young people in different communities, they talk about the fact that they just want to get to know who officers are. Are they even people?”
“You know, it can seem like a different world. And having a way to connect, and using social media, is really important in that. I think it can be a great tool,” Lynch continued.
Earlier in the discussion, Lynch said community members need to be able to learn “what kind of training police officers get” so that young activists can provide “input.”
Lynch also discussed her travels to Baltimore and her outreach to community activists in the area. Lynch launched a federal investigation into the Baltimore police department following the death of Freddie Gray. Six officers have been charged in relation to Gray’s death. So far, one of the officers involved received a mistrial, another was found not guilty on all charges, and another was acquitted of all charges.