Here’s something you won’t see after January 1, 2015 when the Republicans control the Senate: A hearing on Ferguson. When Republicans talk about “too much government” their focus is usually on EPA regulations and health care. When it’s tanks rolling in American streets and violations of the first amendment, silence falls.
With the Senate still controlled by the Democrats, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who is the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, will conduct a hearing on “the status of key civil and human rights issues, including criminal justice reform, voting rights, and police-community relations.”
The hearing will be on Tuesday, December 9 at 2:30 in Dirksen 226 on Capitol Hill. The witness list is not out yet.
“Many states have enacted voting laws making it harder for minority and other voters to cast their ballots. And this year’s events in Ferguson, Missouri have highlighted the continued need to reevaluate and reform police practices, including the militarization of state and local law enforcement. This hearing will explore how Congress and the Executive Branch can build on recent successes and address ongoing civil and human rights challenges,” the press release reads.
Hopefully the hearing will have a few witnesses that are actually from Ferguson. Typically these hearings feature the same people who make the same speeches at every hearing they attend. Given the Republicans take over in January, this will likely be the last hearing on Ferguson in the Senate for at least two years.