The White House announced that the president would sign an executive order that aims to streamline federal and local law enforcement communication and create a “Task Force on 21st Century Policing,” which will report on best practices in three months.

The president made the remarks during a meeting he convened to discuss the tough lessons learned from the ongoing unrest in Ferguson.

Among those in the White House meetings on Monday were Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York and Mayor Michael A. Nutter of Philadelphia; the president of the National Urban League, Marc Morial; the Rev. Al Sharpton; and two young leaders from Ferguson, Rasheen Aldridge, Brittany Packnett and others from across the country.

He spoke with mayors and law enforcement officials about the withering relationship between police and the communities they served and made assurances to help bridge the gap that has only widened since Brown’s killing.

The young organizers respectfully pushed a list of demands during their meeting that included the appointment of special prosecutors when police use deadly force, the establishment of community review boards to monitor police misconduct, the defunding of law enforcement agencies that use excessive force or racially profile, as well as the broad demilitarization of local police departments. Read More 

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On December 1, 2014, Michael T. Hill CEO & President of the Atlanta Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce participates in a radio interview for the BBC World New.

 

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VIDEO: Why police officers need body cameras?

MHP Video: ‘A decade of young black bodies, felled by bullets’
Melissa Harris-Perry talks about the recent arc of racial injustice in America, putting the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in the context of the last decade of “assault on the dignity and bodies of black people that goes unrecognized and unpunished.”

Ebenezer Community Speaks – Monday, December 1, 2014

White House Facts Sheet on Community Policing 

FBI Crime Stats (Homicide Data Table) Around 91 percent of Black victims are murdered by Black offenders while 83 percent of white victims are killed by another white person.

The Flow of Money and Equipment to Local Police Following a review of several federal programs that provide money and equipment to local police, President Obama on Monday announced he would tighten standards on the programs, stopping short of curtailing them.

What Military Gear Your Local Police Department Bought Since President Obama took office, the Pentagon has transferred to police departments tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundCommunity Policing (US Conference of Mayors)reds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.

Obama Offers New Standards on Police Gear (NYTimes)

Companies pressured over ties to “Stand Your Ground Laws” 

Does Arrest of Journalist During Atlanta Ferguson Rally Point to Bigger Problems?

Reports from NPR Report |CNN |PRWatch

 

Research:

Neighborhood Scout– Searches neighborhoods (crime rates, schools and home values) in any city or town, before you buy a home or site a facility. Additionally, discover the types (violent or property) of crimes common to any particular neighborhood.

MYLocal Crime | (Track crime in your local area)

Find Your Prosecutor in the State of Georgia The District Attorney is the chief prosecuting officer for the State of Georgia within each of the State’s 49 judicial circuits, which consist of one to eight counties.Each District Attorney is an elected constitutional officer, who is part of the judicial branch of Georgia state government.

Community Policing Explained: A Guide for Local Governments (U.S. Department of Justice)

Community Policing (US Conference of Mayors)

Community Policing Timeline (Police Foundation)

A REPORT FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE
COMMUNITY POLICING COMMITTEE

A Law Enforcement Officer’s Guide to Open Records in Georgia (pdf)

Historical Perspectives and Parallels (Slavery by Another Name explores the new forms of slavery after the Civil War |Eassay )

Tech Solutions

Using Technology to Enhance Communities Engagement with Public Safety |Site