Ferguson activists demand action, end to police militarization after meeting with Obama

Ferguson activists demand action, end to police militarization after meeting with Obama

December 3, 2014
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3Q4A1866A group of seven black and Latino activists and community organizers from Ferguson and across the country who met with President Obama and other top officials on Monday said they appreciated the administration’s time and commitment — but that they were hardly satisfied.

The meeting was held at the White House a week after the unrest in the St. Louis suburb that was triggered by the announcement that officer Darren Wilson would not be charged with Mike Brown’s death. But the president and representatives of the protesters agreed that the meeting was not just about Ferguson.

Obama called the meeting with the young activists “powerful.” On the same day he announced “concrete steps” to address the deepening distrust between communities of color and law enforcement, including the creation of a task force entrusted with drawing up recommendations for police best practices, a review of the controversial 1033 program that has enabled billions worth of military equipment to be transferred to law enforcement, and new community policing initiatives.

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