WASHINGTON -- Responding to charges that black elected officials are being harassed by the federal government, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus proposed yesterday the creation of a special institute or center to seek hard evidence of such cases.
Recently, Attorney General Richard L. Thornburgh was asked to create a special commission to investigate instances of inappropriate or overzealous government investigation and prosecution of black elected officials. But the attorney general said he first needed "evidence" of such instances.
Representative Mervyn M. Dymally, D-Calif., proposed the creation of a "formal institution," presumably private, that would be "charged with seeing that the right of African-Americans to be represented . . . will no longer be abridged by systematic harassment of black officials."