Loretta Lynch brought her community policing national tour to Pittsburgh Monday, as the city is taking part in the Justice Department's National Initiative to Build Community Trust. The tour is part of an increased effort to improve communication and cooperation between police and their communities.
"I'm here today because Pittsburgh is one of those cities that has some issues but has worked together. You sit down together on a regular basis and focus on how to keep the city connected," said Lynch. "We really hope to be part of the force that continues what's begun here in Pittsburgh, which is a dialogue between police and community. And we hope to strengthen that dialogue."
Her visit to the city began with a speech before the national conference of the Fraternal Order of Police, in which she condemned the violence and commented on Sunday's events in Ferguson, one year after the slaying of Michael Brown.
"I strongly condemn the violence against the community, including police officers, in Ferguson," Lynch said. "Not only does violence obscure any message of peaceful protest, it places the community, as well as the officers who seek to protect it, in harm's way."
Lynch also visited with current high school students and recent graduates during her visit, and capped the visit with a roundtable discussion of police and community relations.
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