U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told NBC’s Chuck Todd during the Washington Ideas Forum, hosted by AtlanticLIVE and the Aspen Institute, that the federal government should not require police to report fatal shootings of civilians.
“One of the things we are focusing on at the Department of Justice is not trying to reach down from Washington and dictate to every local department how they should handle the minutia of record keeping, but we are stressing to them that these records must be kept.” – Attorney General Loretta Lynch
Instead, Lynch suggested that local law enforcement agencies maintain records on police shootings, urging them to focus on improving police/community relations.
Lynch’s remarks are in stark contrast to the views of the nation’s previous Attorney General, Eric Holder, who believed the collection of data is “the first step to improving race relations between police and communities.
Just last week, RT.com reported FBI Director James Comey as saying:
“As helpful as this information is, however, we need more law enforcement agencies to submit their justifiable homicide data so that we can better understand what is happening across the country. The data will still be collected voluntarily, though, meaning that the FBI will not create a mandatory reporting system for officer-involved shootings.”
On Monday, Roland Martin, Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson, and the NewsOne Nowpanel discussed Lynch’s remarks and what her comments could possibly mean to efforts to acquire information from local police departments about police-involved shootings.
Mckesson told Martin, “I don’t think her statement was very clear and I don’t know if it was particularly helpful, but I didn’t think that she actually said ‘don’t collect data.’”
“I think they will likely release a statement that clarifies the vast confusion of the statement,” he continued.
NewsOne Now panelist Lauren Victoria Burke reminded viewers that “the Death in Custody Law passed in December 2014 … which mandates these departments that receive federal funds to report the age, the race, the what-happened at the incident to the DOJ.”
She continued that AG Lynch and FBI Director James Comey are “in charge of enforcing that law.”
“I’m not sure what the ambiguity, what the problem is, but obviously the DOJ is not very enthusiastic about enforcing this law,” said Burke.
Cleo Manago highlighted that Lynch did imply that connecting with the community is more important than collecting data, but still has some reservations about the Attorney General’s comments.
He continued, “This proposal would have made the policemen have a better chance of thinking about being accountable and consider what they do, because they might have to pay for it. If they don’t have to pay for it, then we’re at risk again and I’m confused by why she would step back with this.”
Julianne Malveaux said, “I do not understand what Loretta Lynch is doing except for it seems that she is backing away from the federalism” of enforcing the law and possibly looking for states to handle enforcement.
How Holistic Nutrition & Healthy Living Helped Debra Peek-Haynes With Infertility
Debra Peek-Haynes, wife of Dr. Frederick D. Haynes lll, Senior Pastor of Friendship at West Baptist Church, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss her new book and share how holistic nutrition and healthy living helped her overcome infertility.
Peek-Haynes, the author of Debra Peek-Haynes’ Healing Kitchen: The Beginners Guide to Healthy Living, suffered from infertility until she was led to visit a holistic physician, Dr. Jewel Pookrum, who “changed her mind” and her diet. Dr. Pookrum is a Ph.D, but practices medicine through “treating the whole person” and identifying when someone is “nutritionally deficient,” Peek-Haynes said.
According to the author of Healing Kitchen, “nutritionally deficient” means your cells are not getting the nutrients that it needs so that your body operates properly. Peek-Haynes said Dr. Pookrum examined a sample of her cells under a microscope and exclaimed, “Oh, girl, you eat too much chicken and all this bacteria is swimming around.”
After her visit with Dr. Pookrum, Peek-Haynes received a book-list detailing how to alter her diet, which gave her the information that she shares with others to help them reclaim their health.
Upon following Pookrum’s “prescription” of reading the books, changing her diet, performing a cleanse, and ingesting herbs, Peek-Haynes said her body “responded within two months.” She continued, “My cycle started again and then within a year, I was pregnant. I had an extra healthy pregnancy — 25 pounds, I lost it in three weeks because I was on a micro-biotic diet.”
She added, “What really helped me is — it helped me understand that anything can be addressed if you change your mind and you change your diet.”
Prior to this, her menstrual cycle had stopped and several physicians were unable to help Peek-Haynes with infertility.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast