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Thursday, April 23, 2015

National Black Caucus of State Legislators Host a Press Conference in Response to Police Involved Deaths of African Americans, Friday, April 24, 2015, 5:30pm at Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture


Baltimore, MD.
– On Friday, April 24, 2015, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators will host a press conference at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture at 5:30 pm in response to police involved deaths of African Americans.

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators, led by Maryland State Senator Catherine E. Pugh, will meet in Baltimore this weekend to set an agenda for the organizations national conference.

NBCSL will hold a press conference in support of efforts calling for a full federal investigation into the death of Freddie Gray who died in the back of a police van after being arrested in Baltimore.

We do have confidence in the Mayor of Baltimore and its State’s Attorney to get to the bottom of the issues surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, but like the families of Baltimore we too want answers to this tragic death and find a need for a federal investigation.

This latest police involved death of an African American calls to attention the numerous deaths of African Americans killed by our country’s law enforcement officers. NBCSL will hold its annual conference December 2-5, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. I will be asking the board to hold a town hall meeting on Race Relations in America: Examining Police Brutality, Inequality in the Workplace and the disproportionate sharing of wealth in this country.

Last year 76 African Americans died in encounters with the police. This is now an epidemic, says Pugh. Why are police officers so quick to cause harm or death to African Americans or anyone they encounter? Our children and families should not live in fear of the police and police should respect all communities.

Support for body cameras is strong among the members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and are encouraged for all police agency in this country. “We believe that these cameras will help curb negative behavior by police officers and reduce the fear that many people in our communities have of police,” says Pugh.

NBCSL members are prepared to address the media regarding a call for the federal investigation into Mr. Grays, death and the need for a national discussion on Police and Race relations in America; Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture at 5:30 pm.

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators was founded in 1977 by 90 African American state legislators (membership base it nearly 700 legislators currently), whose primary purpose was to secure parity in the state legislatures for their constituents. NBCSL conducts research and policy analysis to help improve policy and decision making at the national and state level. The research is keenly focused and grounded in issues impacting socio-economically disadvantaged, African Americans and other minorities.

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