In the wake of the Ferguson tragedy, President Obama is trying to offer some positive solutions and has made a proposal for $263 million — a pittance, I know — for a number of community policing projects. Included in that is $75 million for the purchase of body cameras for a small percentage of police officers.
In the wake of the Michael Brown shooting, President Barack Obama wants Congress to authorize $75 million over the next three years to help local police departments purchase up to 50,000 body cameras for their officers, senior administration officials said Monday.
That money would be part of a $263 million community policing initiative that Obama is proposing Monday, part of an all-day White House effort to address the concerns raised by the shooting and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Mo., a week after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for Brown’s death.
Body cameras became a popular reform proposal after Brown’s shooting and amid the following grand jury investigation; advocates say that they would give investigators an unbiased recording of any officer-involved incident rather than relying on the testimony of the officers themselves. Wilson testified to the grand jury investigating Brown’s shooting for four hours. Obama is also meeting with Cabinet members as well as community leaders and law enforcement officials to discuss the issues that have been raised in the four months since the shooting.
Obama’s proposal would provide a 50 percent federal match for local police departments to purchase body cameras and to store them. The White House estimated that the three-year, $75 million investment could purchase as many as 50,000 body cameras.
Included in the proposal is improved training for police officers, so you know how the wingnut-o-sphere is going to spin it: Obama to send police officers to FEMA “re-education” camps to turn them into Kenyan Muslim commie terrorists and install surveillance cameras on every American so ISIS can know where they are to attack them.