US attorney general praises police officers as “peacemakers”

Loretta Lynch
FILE - In this June 18, 2015, file photo, Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. Lynch announced that Dylann Roof, the man accused of slaying of nine black church members in Charleston last month was indicted July 22, on 33 federal counts, including hate crimes, firearms violations and obstructing the practice of religion, which could include the death penalty. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch is voicing her support for police officers in a speech before the National Fraternal Order of Police.

At a conference in Pittsburgh on Monday, Lynch thanked police for running toward danger and “working to maintain the peace.”

She acknowledged that the public sometimes makes assumptions about police officers and said that’s why law enforcement needs to speak proudly about the work it does.

The speech reaffirmed the Justice Department’s support for law enforcement at a time of uneasy relationships between police departments and minority communities.

She referred to those problems, saying recent events have “served as stark and tragic reminders of the tensions that exist in too many neighborhoods between law enforcement officers and the people we serve.”

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