IN THE WAKE OF FERGUSON, HOW IS PRESIDENT OBAMA RESPONDING TO POLICE MILITARIZATION AROUND THE COUNTRY?
1. OBAMA WANTS TO BUY 50,000 POLICE BODY CAMERAS
President Obama asked Congress for $75 million over three years to subsidize the purchase of up to 50,000 body-worn cameras for local police. Administration officials said the program is part of a $263 million budget request that also includes money for law enforcement training, as well as more resources to reform police departments. Do you think this will be an effective & efficient use of money?
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey & former Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson will chair a task force on modern police practices. They should release a report in three months. BTW quick note on Ramsey - the ACLU has filed five lawsuits on behalf of people who were restrained or attacked while recording Philadelphia police officers. The ACLU says the department (under Ramsey's watch) has used excessive force repeatedly to stop civilians from filming officers in public in recent years.
3. WHITE HOUSE FINALLY RELEASES REPORT ON POLICE MILITARIZATION
4. AND THERE'S AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ON MILITARY EQUIPMENT
Here's President Obama speaking to reporters about police militarization and Ferguson yesterday:
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