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U.S. AG Loretta Lynch praises work of police

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 10, 2015 12:29 PM
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks in East Haven, Conn. She is voicing her support for police officers in a speech before the National Fraternal Order of Police in Pittsburgh.

(Washington) -- U.S. 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 earlier today, Lynch thanked police for running toward danger and "working to maintain the peace.'' 

She acknowledged 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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