President Obama Has A Serious Discussion Regarding The Police Abuse In The United States
|President Obama Has A Serious Discussion |
Regarding The Police Abuse In The United States
It has been one week since a St. Louis County grand jury failed to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, six times in the head, chest and arms.
Communities nationwide have responded to the miscarriage of justice by carrying out more than 150 sustained, coordinated and intense protest actions that show no signs of letting up.
Primarily led by young people of color, the continued sit-ins, highway shutdowns and walkouts have commanded the White House’s attention.
|President Obama and police chief|
In an effort to help address the issue, Obama is planning to ask the Republican controlled Congress for $263 million in funding to help purchase police body cameras and provide additional training.
In addition, the president wants to address the Defense Department’s 1033 program, which gives surplus military equipment to police forces.
Obama is asking that there be greater oversight and training in the program which has led to a militarized police culture within many parts of the United States.
The effectiveness of yet another task force is in question as Obama is considered to be a “lame duck” president with a Republican controlled House and Senate.
Any recommendations by a new task force will have to go through some sort of congressional review.