President Obama today proposed a $263 million initiative designed to increase trust between police departments and the communities they serve, including a $75 million matching program to help buy 50,000 cameras to be worn by cops, a move demanded by the parents of Michael Brown.
Why the parents of Michael Brown get to demand things after their son robbed a store and possibly tried to murder a policeman is beyond me. Welcome to America.
According to the White House:
The President also proposes a three-year $263 million investment package that will increase use of body-worn cameras, expand training for law enforcement agencies (LEAs), add more resources for police department reform, and multiply the number of cities where DOJ facilitates community and local LEA engagement.
As part of this initiative, a new Body Worn Camera Partnership Program would provide a 50 percent match to States/localities who purchase body worn cameras and requisite storage. Overall, the proposed $75 million investment over three years could help purchase 50,000 body worn cameras. The initiative as a whole will help the federal government efforts to be a full partner with state and local LEAs in order to build and sustain trust between communities and those who serve and protect these communities.
How will putting cameras on law enforcement officers affect their ability to do their jobs? Will they hesitate in life or death situations?
I don’t know. I’m not sure anyone knows. All they know is that Michael Brown’s parents are demanding it.