Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey addressed issues of race and law enforcement in the United States, during a speech Thursday at Georgetown University.
Comey, who was sworn into office in Sept. 2013, said he chose to focus on this topic so that the dialogue wouldn’t drift away from the public’s attention to other issues.
This summer, police mistrust came to the forefront of the national discussion after the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City. Both incidents led to ongoing protests across the country and widespread anger against police. After two police officers were shot and killed in New York City, officers there — and around the country — began to worry about their safety.