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FBI Director Calls for Communication Between Police and Black Lives Matter

October 26, 2015  | 

FBI Director James B. Comey (Photo: FBI)
FBI Director James B. Comey (Photo: FBI)

Speaking to a ballroom of thousands of police chiefs and top law enforcement officials Monday at the 2015 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), FBI Director James B. Comey said Monday that the national debate over whether the phrase “Black Lives Matter” is anti-cop is further deteriorating  the relationship between police officers and minority communities. And he urged police to embrace the hashtag as an opportunity to better understand those they are sworn to protect.

“There is a line of law enforcement and a line of communities we serve, especially of communities of color…,” Comey said. “Each time somebody interprets hashtag Black Lives Matter as anti-law enforcement, one line moves away. And each time someone interprets hashtag ‘police lives matter’ as anti-black the other line moves away.”

Later in his address, Comey said that police and the black community need to “get up close, where it is hard to hate” in order to better understand each other, the Washington Post reports.

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Bob peterson @ 10/26/2015 5:35 PM

black lives matter is racist and anti-police. FBI needs to use their resources to monitor this group and stop it. All lives matter. Stop this black lives matter now. Do not talk or negotiate with them. Survey the police and see what they want to do.take back America. Let's start a white lives and blue lives matter movement. Oh wait, that might be considered racist.

Raymond Head @ 10/27/2015 4:10 AM

"Black Lives Matter" is a racial movement initiated by the LIE that a black thug was murdered by a law officer in Ferguson... It is being perpetuated by Obama, racist leaders, like Sharpton, amd a compliant media with the deliberate objective to racially divide America... to what end is unknown at this point, but there is one.

According to the findings of six months of undercover work used as the basis of the book, "Muslim Mafia", the objective may be so heinously sinister as to defy imagination.

John retired IA PD @ 10/29/2015 2:38 PM

LEO is doing its job of protecting all of us. Our leaders, nationally, and locally, along with the media are always saying that officers need more training to deal with the citizens on the street. I have not heard of read anything from these people criticizing the actions of those that confront LEO's. Seems they always side with those causing the confrontation with the officer. They are empowering the criminals to take over our society. People do not want to be held accountable for their actions, and there a plenty of people willing to help them blame someone else, which is usually the officer on the street. How about telling the citizen that causes the confrontation to own up to what they did wrong and take their medicine.

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