The White House made a proposal for $263 million dollars in federal funding to be set aside by executive order for police training and body cameras. Of the total amount, $75 million will be allocated over three years for the cameras specifically, matching state funding by 50 percent to pay for over 50,000 cameras, according to Yahoo News.
Following the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the killing of Mike Brown, the Obama administration held meetings with civil rights leaders, law enforcement officials and Cabinet members to discuss the findings of a three-month review after the shooting. The body camera initiative is an attempt to build trust in law enforcement from citizens.
“This challenge of strengthening trust between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve has been laid bare in Ferguson in a pretty dramatic way,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.
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