President Obama requests funds for more police training and body cameras

President Obama is not blind, guys. And, even though we can’t *see* it (how we want to!), he IS paying attention.

The White House on Monday proposed $263 million in funding for police body cameras and training as the administration wrestles with a federal response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

The program, which would need congressional approval, would offer a total of $75 million over three years to would match state funding for the cameras by 50 percent, helping to pay for more than 50,000 of the devices.

The announcement comes as Obama holds 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.

The administration also said Monday that it will not make major changes to a program that transfers military equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies, but will instead focus on better oversight, transparency and training to ensure that the equipment is used properly.

Obama will also announce the creation of a new task force – led by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and former Office of Justice Programs AG Laurie Robinson – to prepare recommendations for “21st century policing.”

– Carrie Dann


One of the reasons I voted for President Obama is his disposition. I admired his cool head, and (at the time, seemingly) his strength for thinking things through and not flying off the handle about everything. This is a PERFECT example of why I voted for President Obama. Twice.

I am one of the one’s who expressed their frustration with President Obama with this whole Ferguson issue.  I honestly just wanted him to scream in the mic at a press conference that he is FED UP!!! That Darren Wilson is a MURDERER! To tell the protesters to STAY STRONG and TAKE BACK THEIR CITY!!!

I wanted him to….not act like the President of the United States (annnnd I wanted him to act as if there isn’t currently a federal investigation going on!?!?!). I wanted him to express the emotion that most black men (that I know) have expressed and “step up.”

Now, don’t get me wrong. I STILL would love to hear this. But I also understand why that wouldn’t be productive. It simply wouldn’t.  But THIS?  THIS is helpful.  THIS is needed. And it is absolutely a step in the right direction.

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