04.28.15

MLive: Sen. Gary Peters calls for comprehensive review of the country's criminal justice system

With recent police-related killings leading to protests and civil unrest, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is calling for a comprehensive review of the country's criminal justice system.

The Michigan Democrat is expected to introduce a bill Tuesday calling for the creation of a national commission to look at the criminal system. The bill is also sponsored by senior Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John Cornyn of Texas.

Members of the commission would include experts on law enforcement, civil liberties, victims rights and social services; and look at the system "from top to bottom," Peters said during a conference call with reporters Tuesday.

"We need to have a comprehensive, thoughtful approach about the system," Peters said. "If we only look at one piece of it, or one recent incident, we're missing the broader picture."

The announcement comes as riots are unfolding in Baltimore following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody. At least 15 officers were hurt during the riots, including six who were hospitalized, according to the Associated Press. There were also 144 vehicle fires, 15 structure fires and nearly 200 arrests.


By:  Fritz Klug