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US Attorney General says DOJ 'Committed to Building United Communities'

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, before the House Judiciary Committee.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, before the House Judiciary Committee.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the Department of Justice is committed to building united communities in the wake of a series of police-related shootings and the killing of five police officers.

"As we grapple with the aftermath of these events, the Department of Justice will continue to do everything in our power to build bonds of trust and cooperation between law enforcement and the communities we serve," Lynch said Tuesday during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.

"That work has never been more difficult or more important."

Lynch said the DOJ will continue to offer state and local law enforcement agencies funding for body-worn cameras as well as provide de-escalation training and education in implicit bias.

Lynch's testimony on Capitol HIll followed last week's sniper shooting of five police officers in Dallas, Texas and the police killings of Philando Castile, near St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling, who was shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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