White House urges body cameras for police after Ferguson

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The White House is pushing a multi-million-dollar program to encourage local law enforcement agencies to use body cameras, on the heels of the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

At the same time, President Obama is not seeking to pull back federal programs that provide military-style equipment to local law enforcement.

The administration revealed details of a White House review after Obama met with members of his Cabinet about the situation. The president is pushing a three-year, $263 million program to expand training and resources for local police departments — the biggest component would be a $75 million fund during that period to help purchase 50,000 body cameras.

The proposed Body Worn Camera Partnership Program would give a 50 percent match to state and local police forces that purchase small, lapel-mounted cameras to record police on the job. The White House has said the cameras could help bridge mistrust between law enforcement and the public.

Obama’s Cabinet meeting also focused on his administration’s review of federal programs that provide military-style equipment to law enforcement agencies.

The White House review found a “lack of consistency” in how these programs are structured. But on a conference call, senior administration officials offered no explicit position on the program.

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