CBC Meets with FBI Over Black Identity Extremist Report
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus met on Wednesday with FBI Director Chris Wray to discuss concerns over their "Black Identity Extremist" report. Records from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, which Al Jazeera released Tuesday, detail that the FBI is not only surveilling Black Lives Matter groups but also feared that "Black supremacist extremists" would target the 2016 presidential conventions. The documents were originally obtained through a lawsuit by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Color of Change. CBC Chair Cedric Richmond (D-LA) said the meeting was a good first step, adding, "It’s a breath of fresh air to talk to this director compared to our relationship with the Justice Department. With that, he’s the Director, he’s not the agents, and we just have to always be very cautious and diligent about making sure that the people we represent all across the country, and all the citizens of the country, are treated fairly." He also said that labeling protesters as extremists is very alarming and a mischaracterization. "We don’t want anybody to view Black Lives Matter and other organizations that protest as an extremist group or a domestic terrorist group." More here.