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Friday, December 19, 2014

21st Century Policing Task Force

The Administration revealed today its Task Force On 21ST Century Policing.  Its mission is stated below.

Sec. 3. Mission.
(a) The Task Force shall, consistent with applicable law, identify best practices and otherwise make recommendations to the President on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust.
(b) The Task Force shall be solely advisory and shall submit a report to the President by March 2, 2015.

Demonstrator at "Justice For All" march in Washington, DC on December 13, 2014.  Photo CD Brown.
On the heals of the latest incidents of cops, cowardly, murdering unarmed young people in Black neighborhoods, The Executive Order was released today just as the president and First Family head to Hawaii for their annual winter vacation.   See entire EO here.

See also
White Middlesex teen brings 600 rounds of ammo to school.  No shots fired by police, teen lives to face charges.   A word of note.  Our search for "teen brings ammo to school" (do your own search) brought up several incidents of this behavior, with no fatalities of the perpetrators by police officers - in white communities - even though these individuals, in fact, had weapons.   

Live In Peace (L.I.P.) organization poses with the father (second from left) of murdered teen, Michael Brown.
Photo/CD Brown for Politics. On Point. (POP).
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The president said, during his last press briefing of 2014, that the American people are doing "better than ever".   See the administration's Year In Review, lauding "economic opportunities for all".  While the year saw steady gains in employment figures, there is still significant unemployment in urban areas of major American cities, homelessness, and major crime.  The country has seen, however, more Americans with "affordable" health care than at any other time in history.

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