President Obama: $263 million for police training and cameras in Ferguson
Posted: Dec 2, 2014 12:37 AM EDT
Obama spoke out about the issue following demonstrations happening all across the country in the week since the grand jury decision was announced, calling for justice for Michael Brown.
In Washington D.C. Monday, President Obama held a series of meetings focused on the fallout from the shooting, and how lessons can be learned from Ferguson.
Obama called for a three-year, $263 million spending package that includes expanded police training programs and $75 million to subsidize up to 50,000 more body cameras for local police officers.
“There have been task forces, there have been conversations and nothing happens. Part of the reason this time will be different is because the President of the United States is deeply invested in making sure that this time is different,” says Obama.
The NFL issued a statement Monday saying they will not punish the members of the St. Louis Rams who came onto the field for Sunday's game against the Raiders with their hands raised in the now iconic “Hands up, don't shoot” pose.
“Just a positive message. That's all we trying to do. Just positive,” says Rams' wide receiver Tavon Austin.
While Austin views the movement as a positive gesture, the St. Louis County Police Association says it was tasteless, offensive, and inflammatory.
The newly-formed Ferguson Commission, made up of local officials and community representatives, met for the first time Monday with an ambitious goal of working to bridge deeply-rooted divisions.