Black Legislative Caucus Weekend

September 16, 1997

One of the hot issues at the 27th annual legislative conference of the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington DC this past weekend was the longstanding — and some say growing — problem of police brutality. Led by Congressman John Conyers, a Democrat from Michigan, the black caucus convened a special hearing, looking at both problems and solutions.

One of the speakers at the police brutality hearing was the mother of Johnny Gammage, a black motorist who died during a scuffle with five white police officers in a Pittsburgh suburb back in October 1995. None of the officers were convicted of any crime.

Taped statements:

  • Mrs. Norris Gammage, the mother of businessman Johnny Gammage who died at the hands of police officers in a Pittsburgh suburb in 1995.
  • Dorothy Cop Elliott, whose 24-year-old son Arty was shot 14 times by two police officers after a traffic stop.
  • Robert Wilkins, an attorney in the public defender’s office in Washington DC.

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