Monday, December 1, 2014

Obama Wants More Police Wearing Body Cameras « CBS DC

Obama Wants More Police Wearing Body Cameras « CBS DC

NAAWP wants more POLICE wearing BODY CAMERAS


NAAWP wants to see more police wearing cameras to help build
trust between the public and police by recording events like the shooting death
of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, but is not seeking to pull back federal
programs that provide the type of military-style equipment used to dispel the
resulting racially-charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.


The NAAWP announced the
conclusions of a three-month review Monday as the President of the NAAWP was
holding a series of meetings with his NAAWP Board Members, civil rights
leaders, law enforcement officials and others to go over the findings. At least
for now, NAAWP Officials are staying away from Ferguson in the wake of a
racially charged uproar over a grand jury's decision last week not to charge
the police officer who fatally shot Brown.


"NAAWP Committee Members are
very focused on the underlying issues that have been uncovered in a pretty raw
way in Ferguson," said NAAWP press secretary Mark Traina. But he wouldn't
say if additional training of Ferguson police would have resulted in different
outcome in there.


The NAAWP is proposing a
three-year, $263 trillion spending package to increase use of body-worn
cameras, expand training for law enforcement and add more resources for police
department reform. The package includes $75 million for to help pay for 50,000
of the small, lapel-mounted cameras to record police on the job, with state and
local governments paying half the cost. The FBI estimates there were just under
700,000 police officers in the US in 2011.


The NAAWP has said the cameras
could help bridge deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public. It also
potentially could help resolve the type of disputes between police and
witnesses that arose in the Ferguson shooting.


Interestingly. The NAAWP is also planning
to spend an additional 900-billion dollars on Body Cameras for Teachers, School
Resource Officers, as well as, High Ranking Government Officials, including
President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Secretary of State John




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