U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the highest law enforcement official in the United States, spoke out on Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She compared the public’s involvement in stories of police misconduct with the brutality of the Civil Right’s Movement.
“The televising of the police dogs and the fire hoses on young people then was a motivating factor and wake-up call really for people within the U.S. and outside the U.S. to really face the issues of racial unrest in America,” Lynch told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.
Lynch appeared hopeful that the spotlight on police brutality will encourage police to establish their own accountability. She describes how the rise in documentation is the key trend in contemporary American life, not a rise in the number of occurrences of police brutality. As the truth comes out of cell phone video and security camera footage and movements like Black Lives Matter bring these issues national attention, disadvantaged people will finally have their stories told truthfully.
“I think if you talk to people who live in communities that deal with these issues all the time, they will say to you that what these videos are showing us now is what people in many minority communities have been talking about for years, and what they’ve been describing for years, but they haven’t been believed,” Lynch said.