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Rep. Johnson: Culture Enables ‘Officers to Shoot to Kill Blacks’

By Eric Scheiner | June 29, 2015 | 3:05pm EDT

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) says, “I believe it’s a culture that enables or says it's okay for law enforcement officers to shoot to kill blacks.”

Johnson made the comment during an appearance on the So That Happened podcast last week, when Johnson was asked about cultural problems on police forces.

“I believe it’s a culture that enables or says it's okay for law enforcement officers to shoot to kill blacks be they male or female, Hispanics -to use excessive force. Yes, I do think it’s a cultural issue within certain departments.

Certain departments have a documented history of using excessive force and that’s evidenced by the United States Department of Justice having investigated and found that to be the case – with, I think around 20 law enforcement agencies around the nation.”

Johnson says that’s a small number because budget cuts have impaired the oversight of the Justice Department.

“Without the resources to be able to investigate and conduct oversight of police departments we’ve seen a proliferation of misconduct.”

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