For those asking what difference it makes to protest or stand up for what you believe in….
President Obama Approves Funding To Increase Police Body Cameras
President Obama has faced much backlash recently rom many across the country who feel he’s “not doing enough” to address the problem of race-related police brutality in the U.S., but he made a few huge moves on Monday that speaks volumes to what he IS doing to demand change.
via The Root
President Barack Obama announced Monday his plans to tackle the “simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.”
The intended initiatives take into consideration the recent racial tensions that have been highlighted across the country as numerous boys and men of color have been seemingly inexplicably gunned down by law enforcement—events highlighted by the civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., where unarmed teen Michael Brown was slain.
Proposals from the president include a three-year $263 million investment package to increase the use of police body cameras, increased training for law-enforcement agencies, more resources for police department reform, and increasing the number of cities where the Justice Department facilitates engagement between local law enforcement and the communities served. Of the $263 million, about $75 million is proposed to purchase up to 50,000 body cameras.
The Task Force on 21st Century Policing, led by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Laurie Robinson, former assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs, will pull together a report with concrete recommendations to ensure successful policing while building trust within communities.
“This is not going to be an endless report that we’re going to have collecting dust on the shelf. My expectation is concrete recommendations that we can begin to operationalize over the federal, state and local levels.
Of course, President Obama had already announced that he’d had plans in place to address this on-going issue with police targeting young black men, but if you think part of his expediting the process isn’t due to the outcry of residents from across the country demanding change, think again.
Kudos to all taking the time to make your voices heard & joining in on the quest for justice.