Obama’s 4-Point Plan for Police Post-Ferguson

PHOTO: President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about Ferguson, Mo., before speaking at the Copernicus Community Center in Chicago to discuss immigration reform, Nov. 25, 2014. ABC News

With fallout from Ferguson, Missouri, in the spotlight, President Obama announced new action today aimed at boosting accountability of local law enforcement and improving policing policies in minority communities. Here are the top four pieces of the plan:

1. 50,000 Police Body Cameras

Obama will ask Congress for $75 million over three years to subsidize the purchase of up to 50,000 body-worn cameras for local police, according to the White House. The lapel-mounted devices, which record police officers on the job, have won praise from both civil rights advocates and local police union officials who want better documentation of police conduct and that of those they interact with. White House officials believe the cameras would also help improve trust between communities and their police forces. The program is one piece of a $263 million budget request that also includes money for training of law enforcement officers and more resources to reform police departments, administration officials said.  

2. Task Force on Police Practices

Obama has appointed Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and former Assistant Attorney General and George Mason University professor Laurie Robinson to chair a task force on modern police practices. It will produce a report by late February with recommendations on how to “promote effective crime reduction while building public trust,” according to the White House.

3. White House Report on Police “Militarization”

In August, President Obama commissioned a review of federal programs that provide surplus military-style equipment to local law enforcement agencies. The report, released today, finds a significant “lack of consistency” in how those programs are run and audited. Only 4 to 5 percent of resources sold or transferred were of the “controlled” variety (such as small arms, night-vision gear and Humvees), according to the inventory. Most were so-called non-controlled assets, such as office equipment, officials say. Still, tens of thousands of pieces of military-style equipment were transferred from federal government agencies to local law enforcement last year, with 460,000 pieces to date now in possession of local agencies. Those include 92,442 small arms, 44,275 night-vision devices, 5,235 Humvees, 617 mine-resistant vehicles and 616 aircraft.

4. Executive Order on Military-Style Equipment Acquisition

The president will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to develop uniform, cross-government policy on local law enforcement equipment acquisition. The move will likely result in published guidelines about what federal property is or is not allowable for sale or transfer to local police, administration officials said. It will also require local civilian approval of any purchase and mandate that local police departments get proper training to use the equipment. The government could also create a universal database to track all military-style equipment transferred to local law enforcement and whenever it’s used in a “significant incident” in a community, officials said.


8 thoughts on “Obama’s 4-Point Plan for Police Post-Ferguson

  1. All cops in America need cans 24/7 on and running. When police complaints drop 75% when they have cams on you know there is a police problem and they improve behavor a great amount. Then add in all the complaints they hide from and don’t take and it comes out that 99.9 % of cops are doing a bad job out there. So cams are a must have item for public protection of what Americans have as police today. No cam there word has peoved worthless and every word they say in court need be took as just another lie to us.

  2. Let’s see if we give the NYPD all cameras there would be approximately 13,000 left for the rest of the country. Another band aid scam?

  3. I`ve got a better Idea , ABOLISH all police departments !!! We the people can govern ourselves !!! One huge parasite terminated . Besides the police are not here to protect the taxpayer , they are here to protect the criminal so called jue controlled government from the goy once they figure who the real enemy is !!!

  4. Like said on the word today
    They might be getting a little nervous about putting that level of equipment in our communities.

    They know damn well the ones we have will secure the ones they deliver.

    1. I am with you. Through force they can be acquired and some of their own are waking and realizing the true purpose of this equipment and how it can be used against tptb.

      Recognizing the arsenal they have delivered to the police state and doing something about it are two very different things unfortunately. Much talk and little action towards the cause FOR the people has been the history of those put into office. Perhaps pressure release to quell some of the less disenchanted.

      1. If the feds dont spend a fortune of monopoly money on “civil unrest” armories (to secure the arms) in every sheriffs office across the country, they will need “on time” delivery. Or we the people take possession. Or “they” rush in unprepared.

        Like my buddy Stan always said, “dont be in a hurry to get your a$$ wooped”

  5. If tptb get the people to fight the people they can come in and kill both sides while “restoring law and order”.

    If the people start dragging politicians and crooksters into the street with some hemp ropes they lose.

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