Obama has a need for more community organizers.
President Obama discussed initiatives he’s put in place to change the tense dynamic between “many communities of color” and the police on the one year anniversary of teenager Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo.
“I convened a task force on community policing to find commonsense steps that can help us drive down crime and build up trust and cooperation between communities and police, who put their lives on the line every single day to help keep us safe. And I’ve met personally with rank and file officers to hear their ideas,” said Obama in his weekly address.
Obama said that since May, this task force has made 59 recommendations on “everything from how we can make better use of data and technology, to how we train police officers, to how law enforcement engages with our schools. And we’ve been working with communities across America to put these ideas into action.”
“Dozens of police departments are now sharing more data with the public, including on citations, stops and searches, and shootings involving law enforcement,” Obama said. “We’ve brought together leaders from across the country to explore alternatives to incarceration. The Justice Department has begun pilot programs to help police use body cameras and collect data on the use of force.”