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In the wake of the police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri last August, President Obama is using an executive order to standardize the way the federal government distributes military-style equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies, the White House announced Monday.
The administration is also proposing a $75 million investment to purchase 50,000 body cameras for police officers. That would be part of a three-year, $263 million package to expand training for law enforcement agencies, add more resources to reform police departments, and increase the number of cities where the Justice Department (DOJ) works to improve relations between the community and law enforcement agencies.
The report had some recommendations for improving the disbursement process, suggesting that it could use more local community engagement, federal coordination and oversight. Other recommendations included revising training requirements and coming up with a community policing model.
Under the executive order, the agencies that transfer equipment will be directed to work with law enforcement and civil rights and civil liberties organizations to come up with recommendations within 120 days.
originally posted by: Kali74
Good. Cameras need to be on all cops immediately with battery levels output with video and minor disciplinary action if your camera fails, directly uploaded to the cloud and with public access. A lot of cops favor this also.
originally posted by: queenofswords
I wonder how many politicians and their families, including the Obama family, own or have stock in the companies that will manufacture, furnish, and service all these new body cameras and military equipment....affectionately called brother-in-law deals. Also, don't forget there is big dollars in diversity training companies. (I have researched that one in the past.)
originally posted by: Yeahkeepwatchingme
a reply to: AgentShillington
Will the cameras be manufactured here? Or will they be outsourced? Or, will mostly illegals be manufacturing them? Can't let millions of workers just collect gov benefits without actually contributing....
Here is your proof that the civil right talks are tied in with Obama's executive order.
originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
Obama does something genuinely great...
Still gets bashed for it...
As the old saying goes, there is no pleasing some people...
originally posted by: xuenchen
a reply to: eisegesis
Sounds like they're trying to Federalize all police forces.
Mr. Obama is drafting another executive order that would create a Task Force on 21st Century policing.
President Obama on Monday will announce executive action to bolster oversight of the rapid militarization of local police departments and propose additional spending on body cameras for officers.
Obama, hosting a trio of meetings at the White House on Monday devoted to the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, will instruct his staff to draft an executive order improving safeguards of a federal government program that allows local police departments to claim unused military weapons, senior administration officials said.