National prosecutors association discusses police shootings

6 months 1 week 1 day ago July 12, 2016 Jul 12, 2016 Tuesday, July 12 2016 Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2:23:39 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — About black 150 prosecutors from around the U.S. have gathered in St. Louis to tackle the subject of prosecuting police shootings.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the panel discussion Monday was a part of a weeklong convention held by the National Black Prosecutors Association about the criminal justice system.

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan and Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey were also a part of Monday's panel.

Association president Melba Pearson says the organization's annual conference is being held in St. Louis this year due to the increased focus on policing in light of the fatal 2014 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

The convention is scheduled to include several discussions on the ways that police and prosecutors can build trust in troubled communities.

 

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