- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three high-ranking House Democrats are pressing for hearings on police tactics and race in the wake of the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of police in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y.

Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, John Conyers of Michigan and Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, all members of the Congressional Black Caucus, made the request in a letter Tuesday to the incoming GOP chairmen of the House committees with oversight over the judiciary and homeland security.

They write that the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner raise “multiple, complex issues” and that Congress should look at matters ranging from the grand jury process to policies for use of force. Speaker John Boehner has indicated he’s open to hearings on the issue.

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