WANT Ferguson Series: Police Redevelopment

By Gus Edelen O’Brien

Catlin Gabel School, Catlin Speak

After recent tensions in Ferguson, Miss., President Barack Obama requested $263 million on Dec. 1 to address police violence around the country and create reform in police offices around the nation. $75 million would go into supplying the police with body cameras in order to better monitor them during interactions with citizens. The other money would go into training police officers.

“This is not a problem just of Ferguson, Missouri. This is a national problem,” said Mr. Obama in his meeting at the White House on Monday.Last week, the grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson which spawned more protests across cities all over America. The shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Wilson in Ferguson occurred on Aug. 9 2014, with protests still continuing. Only 3 percent of the police force is black, and there is only one black councilman on the Ferguson City Council. 67.4 percent of the citizens are African-American.

Mr. Obama believes that this measure will change police interactions, saying: “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 its different.”

The bill has not passed yet and still needs congressional approval.

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (www.wantnewsforteens.com).

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