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U.S. attorney general completes community policing tour

LOS ANGELES — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch wrapped up her national “Community Policing Tour” in Playa Vista June 30, taking part in a Facebook Live town hall from the social media site’s campus.

The event was moderated by “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed” star Michael B. Jordan, with participation from actress Yara Shahidi of ABC’s “Black-ish.” It was live-streamed on Facebook Live and on the U.S. Justice Department’s social media platforms.

Lynch noted that using social media is an important tool for building relationships between law enforcement agencies and the public.

“I think we can use social media to show what school officers in school are doing as well,” she said. “How are they interacting with kids? I know parents would love to see that. Other kids would love to see it. One of the things I’ve learned also on this tour and I’ve talked to young people in different communities, they talk about the fact they just want to get to know who officers are, you know, are they even people?

“It can seem like a different world. Having a way to connect and using social media is really important. It can be a great tool.”

The town hall audience included local high school and college students, Los Angeles Police Department “cadets” and 15 officers from the Hollenbeck Police Activities League and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

On June 29, Lynch met with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker for an LAPD technology briefing, discussing real-time crime analysis. Lynch was also briefed on the department’s Virtual Ride Along and body-camera programs.

“The challenge for law enforcement today, the challenge of 21st Century policing, is how to ensure that we are using the best and most innovative tools available involving technology and social media, and also protect the public to ensure the well-being of our communities,” Lynch said following the meeting with Beck, Garcetti and Decker.