President Obama and State Lawmakers Want Cameras On Police
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he wants to make sure that federal programs that provide Pentagon equipment to police departments "aren't building a militarized culture." Obama says that in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old man in Ferguson, Missouri, he wants to make sure to build better trust between police and the communities they serve. The White House announced it wants more police to wear cameras that capture their interactions with civilians.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two Democratic Missouri lawmakers who represent Ferguson are proposing that police wear cameras and undergo diversity training. State Rep. Sharon Pace and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal proposed bills after a week of sometimes violent protests over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old. Both lawmakers want police to wear video cameras to record interactions with the public.