In the wake of national anger and unrest surrounding the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, President Barack Obama has proposed a number of measures that he believes will improve relations between police and minority communities throughout the country.
NBC News reported that in the days since the grand jury's decision not to indict Wilson for the killing of Brown, Obama has held a “series of meetings with law enforcement personnel, civil rights leaders and Cabinet officials to discuss possible reforms to ease mistrust towards police, particularly in minority communities.” Following the meetings, the President announced that his administration is seeking $263 million to invest in body cameras and revamped training for police departments nationwide.
The cameras would allow for more transparency within daily law enforcement operations and serve as more accurate evidence in cases similar to Wilson’s. The program is intended to ease the mistrust of law enforcement that has worsened since Brown’s death in August.
“This is not a problem just of Ferguson, Missouri; this is a national problem,” President Obama said. According to NBC News, the Obama administration’s proposed program will aim to “focus on better oversight, transparency and training to ensure that the equipment is used properly.”
It has also been reported that Obama will be introducing the creation of “a new task force” to “prepare recommendations for ‘21st century policing’.” Obama said that he is determined to make this task force more effective than ones that have been assembled in the past.
“This time will be different because the President of the United States is deeply vested in making it different," he said.
Source: NBC News / Photo Credit: Wikipedia