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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

Scott Statement on the Shooting of Alton Sterling

July 6, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by officers of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Police Department:

“The recent police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is deeply troubling and is another sad reminder of the need for stronger oversight of law enforcement practices.  The video of this tragic incident raises serious concerns about the tactics used by law enforcement and highlights the need for improved evidence-based police training.

“We have learned from history how useful data collection can be.  The Death in Custody Reporting Act requires States to report quarterly to the Attorney General information regarding the death of any person in the process of arrest and or in custody.  That is why it is imperative that the Department of Justice fully implement 2014’s reauthorization of the Death in Custody Reporting Act to ensure law enforcement agencies are providing this information.

“We know our justice system is long overdue for reform.  The SAFE Justice Act, introduced by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner with my strong support, would adopt a broad-based approach to enact comprehensive, evidence-based reforms, including providing funding for police training.  Passage of the SAFE Justice Act, along with the implementation of the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013, would allow policymakers to enact initiatives that would reduce incidences of avoidable deaths in our criminal justice system.”

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