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U.S. Justice Chief Seeks Review of Police Tactics ; Meeting Mayors, Holder Calls for Broad Scrutiny after Missouri Shooting

Newspaper article International New York Times

U.S. Justice Chief Seeks Review of Police Tactics ; Meeting Mayors, Holder Calls for Broad Scrutiny after Missouri Shooting

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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has called for a wide- ranging review of police tactics and training in the wake of protests in Ferguson, Mo.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. this week called for a wide- ranging review of police tactics and training as he spoke to dozens of mayors and police chiefs who gathered here to discuss race relations and policing in the United States in the wake of protests in Ferguson, Mo.

"The Justice Department is working with major police associations to conduct a broad review of policing tactics, techniques and training," Mr. Holder said on Wednesday.

The review, he said, is intended to "help the field swiftly confront emerging threats, better address persistent challenges, and thoroughly examine the latest tools and technologies to enhance the safety and the effectiveness of law enforcement."

Mr. Holder said he hoped that the review would evaluate policing and provide direction "on a scale not seen" since President Lyndon B. Johnson's Commission on Law Enforcement was appointed in 1965.

Many American cities have been forced to examine their own law enforcement policies since August, when a white police officer in Ferguson, Darren Wilson, shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, in the street after a brief physical confrontation. Mr. Brown, who was black, was unarmed; Mr. Wilson, who is on paid leave from the Ferguson Police Department, has not been charged with a crime. The case is being presented to a St. Louis County grand jury.

On Wednesday night, an off-duty police officer shot and killed a black teenager in St. Louis, setting off a demonstration just days before long-scheduled protests in Missouri about the use of lethal force by the authorities.

The St. Louis police chief, D. Samuel Dotson III, said at a news conference that the teenager had fired at least three shots toward the officer, a six-year veteran who was working in the Shaw neighborhood for a private security firm. Chief Dotson said that the officer had fired 17 rounds but that he did not know how many times the teenager had been hit.

The teenager's family disputed the police account, and a woman who said she was his cousin told The St. …

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