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星期三, 6月 29, 2016

CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DECISION TO MANDATE AGENCY-WIDE IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING

CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DECISION TO MANDATE AGENCY-WIDE IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING

LOS ANGELES -
 Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding the Department of Justice’s announcement of new department-wide implicit bias training for personnel. Congressman Lieu has previously raised concerns about patterns of discrimination by the Department of Justice against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

“I commend the Department of Justice (DOJ) for mandating department-wide implicit bias training for all of its law enforcement agents and prosecutors.  Over the years, multiple Americans who happened to be of Asian descent—including Sherry Chen and Professor Xiaoxing Xi—have been arrested and indicted by DOJ for alleged espionage only to have all the charges dropped. The common thread in every one of these cases was a defendant with a Chinese surname—and an innocent life that was unnecessarily turned upside down. I have repeatedly expressed my concerns directly to the Attorney General, and I hope this much-needed bias training will prevent future instances of innocent Americans being wrongfully targeted and arrested on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin. I look forward to reviewing the training materials and DOJ’s progress in due time.

Based on this implicit admission by DOJ that there has been implicit bias among law enforcement agents and prosecutors, I once again call on the DOJ Inspector General to finally conduct independent investigations into how the DOJ got it so wrong in these cases involving Americans who happened to be of Asian descent.”