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From VOA Learning English, this is the In the News Report.
The Obama administration has established a federal task force to examine policing policies. The group will investigate the use of force in detaining suspects. the administration's move follows demonstrations in cities across the United States.
Demonstrators have been protesting two recent grand jury rulings. In Missouri, a grand jury decided last week not to charge a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed African-American teenager. This week, jurors in New York decided not to indict another white officer in the death of an unarmed African-American man.
How a grand jury works is a mystery to most Americans. A grand jury is a group of private citizens. Their job is to decide whether to approve criminal charges.
On Wednesday, protesters gathered in the New York City neighborhood where Eric Garner died of a heart attack. He collapsed after police arrested him on suspicion of selling cigarettes illegally.
A widely seen video of the arrest shows police officer Daniel Pantaleo putting Eric Garner in a chokehold, an action banned by the police department. New York's medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide; in other words, the killing of one person by another.
"You've got to be kidding me. They didn't indict him? Why, where's the justice at?
The U.S. Justice Department says it will investigage whether Eric Garner's civil rights were violated when the police officer put him in a chokehold. In Washington, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to reporters.
"Mr. Garner's death is one of several recent incidents across our great country that have tested the sense of trust that must exist between law enforcement and the communities they are charged to serve and to protect."
There have been several cases of deadly incidents involving police and African-Americans this year. The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown last August fueled racial tensions. Police officer Darren Wilson said he feared for his life after Brown attempted to take his gun.
Last month, an Ohio police officer shot and killed a 12-year-old African-American boy. The shooting took place less than two seconds after the police car pulled up to the boy. He was carrying an unloaded pellet gun -- a device also known as an air gun. To date, no charges have been brought against the officer.
Civil rights leaders like Al Sharpton have criticized police for having an aggressive way of thinking towards young African-Americans and other minorities.
"What I'm afraid of is that there will not be indictments of police officers for killing unarmed people. That is what I am afraid of. I think we are so busy promoting the reaction to injustice that we are not reacting to injustice."
The mayor of New York announced on Thursday that police officers will attend three days of training in an effort to reduce unnecessary use of force. He said the move shows all New Yorkers that they will be treated equally.
And that's In The News from VOA Learning English. I'm Anne Ball.
美国司法部表示，他们会调查当警察勒住Eric Garner的脖子时，他的公民权利是否受到侵犯。在华盛顿美国司法部长Eric Holder向记者发表了讲话。
今年已经发生了数起涉及警察和非裔美国人的死亡案例。今年8月，18岁的Michael Brown之死使得紧张的种族关系火上浇油。警察Darren Wilson表示，在Brown试图抢夺他的枪之后，他感到自己的生命受到威胁。