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The Rev. Jamal Bryant, Tamika D. Mallory and Yandy Smith-Harris, leaders of Justice League NYC and Black Women’s Roundtable, along with other activists, will gather in front of the Department of Justice Monday to urge U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to launch an investigation into the suspicious deaths of women of color in police custody in recent weeks.

Since mid-July, when Sandra Bland died in a Waller County, Texas, jail, four more Black women have been found dead in police custody, prompting investigations. Demonstrators urged the DOJ to investigate the Waller County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the many other jurisdictions across this nation where Black and Brown people are punished for exercising their constitutional rights.

Said Mallory, “Over recent weeks, surveillance and demands for transparency have exposed deceit on behalf of local law enforcement officers. This intentional deception in police narratives, in the case of Sandra Bland and other victims of police misconduct, makes it clear that local authorities cannot police themselves. The federal government’s job is to protect its citizens. There has been too much deception ending in the loss of life, and it’s time for the Department of Justice to step in.”