New York City Public Advocate Letitia James urged all Americans to unite against violence in response to the murder of five Dallas police officers and also called for massive police reform to eliminate bias against minorities.
Speaking on "The Cats Roundtable"
Sunday radio show on AM 970 New York hosted by John Catsimatidis, James said she was saddened by the death of the policemen, who were killed by a black extremist who said he was seeking revenge against white cops for the police killing of black suspects.
"I speak for all individuals regardless of race or ethnicity or sexual orientation," she said. "And today I’m urging everyone to unite together to create a more peaceful world – free of violence – violence against police officers and violence against individuals."
James said that in addition to prayers for the victims and their families, "We need to move towards solutions … what we really need to be doing is [for Congress to be] working on gun control throughout our county."
The public advocate said that in order to ensure that minorities and others are not unfairly targeted by police officers, "we need to have a more defined policy on when law enforcement officers should use force."
James said that two major steps towards achieving a fairer policy would be for Congress to fund "body cameras [for policemen] in every jurisdiction in this country [and] training for police officers to weed out those … with respect to unconscious biases that exist."
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