Obama to propose increased use of body cameras by police by 50,000 in wake of Ferguson shooting, pledges to work with Congress. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama calls for an increase in the use use of body cameras by police by 50,000 in wake of Ferguson shooting, as he pledged to work with Congress. Obama asked Congress on Monday for $263 million for the federal response to the civil rights upheaval in Ferguson, is setting up a task force to study how to improve modern-day policing The $263 million would pay for body cameras for police officers to use and expand training for law enforcement in an attempt to build trust in communities such as Ferguson, where a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death last summer of an unarmed black teenager. Obama brought in a series of civil rights leaders and various elected officials and community leaders to discuss how to respond to the challenge presented by Ferguson. "Too many individuals, particularly young people of color, do not feels as if they are being treated fairly," Obama said. Obama will create a task force on 21st century policing to be chaired by Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey and Laurie Robinson, a George Mason University professor who is a former assistant attorney general.