6 Things the Obama Administration Is Doing to Improve Police-Community Relations

Erin Dooley, ABC News, May 18, 2015

Amid continued tension between police and communities of color, President Obama will travel to Camden, New Jersey this afternoon to highlight the city’s efforts improve police-community relations.

In cities like Camden, “for too long, both jobs and hope have been hard to find. That sense of unfairness and powerlessness has helped to fuel the kind of unrest we’ve seen in Ferguson and Baltimore and New York and other cities across our country,” White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett told reporters. “It has many causes, from a basic lack of opportunity to folks feeling unfairly targeted by the police.”

But Camden–recently named a “promise zone” and a My Brother’s Keeper community challenge partner–is making strides, and the Obama administration wants to help other cities follow suit.

Here are six things they’re doing to shore up trust between law enforcement and minority communities:

1. Confidence ‘Blueprint’

After months of study by the president’s task force on 21st century policing, administration today is releasing its final “blueprint” for building trust between officers and the communities they serve.

{snip}

2. Data, Data, Data.

Statisticians, get ready: the White House has also launched a police data initiative designed to increase transparency and identify problematic trends.

According to officials, 21 jurisdictions have committed to release 101 data sets not previously accessible to the public, like reports on use of force, pedestrian and vehicle stops, and officer-involved shootings. (The administration’s “open data playbook” will set out best practices for other jurisdictions that want to post data publicly.)

{snip}

3. $163 Million

The Justice Department today is announcing $163 million in hiring grants for positions focused on building community trust.

4. Virtual Body Cam Toolkit

In the wake of the Ferguson protests last year, President Obama pledged $75 million to buy 50,000 body cameras.

{snip}

5. Bayonets, Be Gone

To curb the “militarization” of local police that upset so many people during the Ferguson protests, President Obama has authorized a series of recommendations to regulate the transfer of equipment from federal agencies to state/local law enforcement.

{snip}

6. National Community Policing Tour

Newly confirmed Attorney General Loretta Lynch is slated to travel to Cincinnati as part of a “national community policing tour.”

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  • Evette Coutier

    Body cameras are a good idea. I suspect they will more than not vindicated t e the cops, and like the cops say to us, if the cops are doing nothing wrong, then they have nothing to be worried about.

    • And 10 years from now, they’ll be demanding that cops turn off their body cameras.

      • Evette Coutier

        True, but they are a good idea. It protects the police and the citizen.

        • John Smith

          White citizens too.

          • APaige

            Best of both worlds. The truth about Black behavior will be shown, and police will be forced to treat Whites better.

          • Big Willy

            Amen! Once the courts, media and Black apologists see what the police have to deal with when interacting with these ghetto deviants, they will (maybe) change their stance. A good dose of reality is always the impetus for change. However, there will be die-hards that will see these thugs in action and claim that the videos were altered to make the poor, downtrodden ghetto rats look bad.

          • Ella

            They’ll say that the videos have been edited or have partially recorded details with missing information.

          • Cuddles

            They had a video of Brown strangling a shop clerk and stealing items in video and they still pictured him as a saint.

            Nothing will alter any lies the come up with.

      • pennawhytmn

        Not even close to 10 years. Defense attorneys are going to hate the cameras. They won’t be able to muddy the waters and cause reasonable doubt.

      • MBlanc46

        Yeah, you betcha.

      • BleedALot

        Less than two years for that to happen. That is if the country lasts two more years. It seems to be spiraling out of control.

        • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

          I would love to know what everyone here thinks. How long does this country have? And why?

          • carriewhite64

            I think it will limp along for about 25 – 30 years before the country becomes unsustainable.

          • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

            No spectacular collapse and crash?

          • carriewhite64

            The dramatic, dystopian side of me is always expecting the big collapse. You know, the meteor strike, EMP attack, nuclear war, alien invasion. Obviously, these events would have world-wide consequences. And mostly they would be huge life extinction events.A sudden economic collapse in America would obviously have world-wide effects, but if we are speaking about just our country, I absolutely believe that is a possible scenario.What I think is more probable is a slow (in terms of human life) societal collapse probably including the following elements: adoption of a foreign currency as the world standard, unsustainable government debt, loss of the strengths of white people that everyone takes for granted as we become a minority and lose the will to innovate and lead, unworkable top heavy ineffective government with power never imagined in any vision of the United States, huge unemployment numbers, concentration of wealth in the 1% never seen in modern history, collapse of social programs and social trust, huge crime rates as minorities become majorities, civil disobedience on a wide scale, and eventual social collapse. I don’t foresee people running around with their hair on fire, but I do believe there will be interruptions in basic services, like food delivery, gas shortages, confusion, concentrated violence and looting, all the things one associates with civil breakdown. I think that like-minded people will very quickly band together for protection and survival, with very little help or supervision by central government. What I can’t imagine is what happens then. How quickly will the federal government effectively restore order and control? Or will the Chinese just march on in and take property in lieu of debts they know we cannot pay? Will there be communications breakdown to the point that no one knows what is going on? Will the period of chaos damage the country to the point that it will be difficult to rebuild and bring back a semblance of civilized life?I do have faith that white people will handle all this better than anyone else, since we are more resourceful, work together well, are orderly and law abiding, and are smart. Best case scenario we will be able to survive the chaos in one piece. A lot will depend on location.Do I sound unbalanced? I know.

          • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

            You definitely don’t sound unbalanced, that’s an extremely intelligent and interesting reply, and it’s pretty much how I see it too. A slow death from a million cuts, the New South Africa, a miserable nightmare. Really, a quick and damaging event would be better so we could clean house while we’re still able to do so relatively easily.

            It’s crazy NOT to think about this kind of thing! History proves that.

          • carriewhite64

            Yes, death from a million small cuts, exactly. I’m with you in thinking a quick collapse would be better. I hate to think of our children and grandchildren having to live with and try to fix our mistakes.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        A+

    • Dr. Rieux

      The money would be better spent on ankle bracelets.

      • Evette Coutier

        It’d be better spent on a boat to Africa.

      • TruthBeTold

        No. This is the magic bullet blacks have been waiting for.

        This is going to prove them right.

        This is going to expose the racist system of police corruption.

        This is going to let the innocent black man go free!

        *Until it doesn’t and then they have to come up with a new plan.

        • JJK

          How many more excuses for their “situation” can they possibly invent?
          And how much longer can the patience of the “average American” be expected to last?

          • Cid Campeador

            My solution would be to put only Black policemen in Black neighborhoods. I’d wager that the results would be the same. Black thugs would be shot and then the Ghetto slime would be going around killing Black cops.

          • Cuddles

            Black cops would work with certain drug dealers and start taxing the people they have to police for bribes.

          • Ella

            The average American had gotten old with less children to support our causes.

          • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

            They cared more about money than family. It’s a shame. But those of us here can reverse that, if we have the will and the fortitude to go against the grain and not be a materialistic, greedy pig. After I read “Propaganda” by Edward Bernays, I saw the world in a different light and wanted a lot less “things”. But when people allow the media to form their opinions and think for them, that’s what you get.

          • Seriously. The year is now 2015. Is anyone really saying that all of these initiatives have never been tried before? Please.

      • JohnEngelman

        And more prisons.

        • Dr. Rieux

          Tubal ligations and vasectomies, anything to stop their careless, irresponsible breeding.

          • JohnEngelman

            At the very least we should stop paying for their illegitimate children.

          • Alexandra1973

            No kidding. Whites are being discouraged from having children and we’re made to pay for blacks to breed like rabbits.

          • ghettovalley

            Just had this conversation with my mother last week, a wonderful woman without a hateful bone in her body. Mr and Mrs White America are waking up, and I love it.

          • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

            I am sure your mother is great, but she, and all the other wonderful white people, are going to have to learn to hate. It is absolutely essential for our survival.

          • ghettovalley

            You don’t have to tell me twice, believe me. But the point that I was going for is that your average white people who never really put too much thought into these types of matters appear to be waking up. And it brings great joy to my heart to see it happening.

          • Rabbits? I had a better metaphor, I think. See above comment.

          • Earl P. Holt III

            …or their LEGITIMATE ones, as well…!

          • Yeah, but that would never happen. They are encouraged to outbreed us.

          • That is genocide. We are supposed to let them breed like cockroaches and support them with our tax dollars and hear them complain that “They can’t support a fambly on a nine dollah a hour job.”

        • Cid Campeador

          And more executions. The word has GOT to get out.

    • Alexandra1973

      Of course, if we just sent blacks (and other assorted “minorities”) home, there’d be no need for Big Brother to begin with.

      • Ella

        Corporations would NEVER allow the country to lose population. They have to have a continuous growing population to market Chinese junk and inflate real estate too!

    • Buzz-Killer

      Body cameras are a sham….cell phone videos are already telling the stories. The cops have become a paramilitary org and it won’t stop with the blacks…Elian Gonzales was the first case and we didn’t care, the dark people are catching hell and we don’t care, we must equitably be next as the cops well all be melanated soon.

    • Cuddles

      But then they can sue Sony for being racist.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Blah, blah, blah. White racism.”
    “Yadda, yadda, yadda. White racism.”

    “Everything that’s happened, is happening, or ever will happen. White racism.”

    • TruthBeTold

      But now they’re going to collect ‘data’ to prove their points.

      • Dr. Rieux

        As dey say in da ‘hood, “She-e-e-e-t-t-t!”

        • Johann Wald

          With the wave of illegals, that’s now “el sheet-o”.

        • Earl P. Holt III

          In St. Louis, that is pronounced “SHEE-IT”…

    • Luca D.

      In between ‘White racism’ you need to interject the “Black victim” theme now and again. They’re not just victims of White racism, they’re victims of poverty, poor diets, under-served neighborhoods, lack of jobs, slavery, micro-aggressions, entrence exams, discrimination, gentrification, White flight, failing schools and the Dewey decimal system, to name but a few.

      • how about this

        You forgot victims of accurate measurements of their intellectual capacity. Standard English is also oppressive, what with its grammar and spelling and thinking it’s better than Ebonics.

      • Dr. Rieux

        The need to blame God. He/she shortchanged them.

        • Alexandra1973

          They need to blame their ancestor Ham for his deeds.

          • Earl P. Holt III

            Ham was on the “down-low,” also…

      • Cuddles

        Dewey… Ha! Never thought I’d see that word and victim in the same paragraph!

    • Da Troof

      That’s some profound stuff right there.

    • Exactly. So what is Obama saying that is new?

  • Since this article was published, Obama has actually issued his executive order, and the media have released some of the important details:

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-05-18-09-11-51

    My response (too long for a comment here):

    https://countenance.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/obamalogic/

  • Evette Coutier

    In an odd irony, police abuse for all folks escalated with the federal government’s influence in local law enforcement.

    • John Smith

      Same way higher education and health care got too expensive for most Americans to afford after govt. stuck its nose in.

  • Dr. Rieux

    More of our scarce tax dollars showered on dindus who could never satisfactorily do anything more than the most menialmenial jobs. It’s just more of the big-man syndrome, so widespread throughout African societies and which make them envied by everyone everywhere throughout the world.

    • Yancy Derringer

      At the very minimum, any job requires:

      1. Arriving on time and ready for work — day after day.
      2. Obeying all orders.
      3. Getting along with fellow employees and customers/the public — all the time.

      I worry that an increasing number of adult Americans can’t do all of these things, that they’re unable to hold any job.

      • Alexandra1973

        I’m not a people person by any means but I did okay as a counter jockey. Going into the walk-in fridge or freezer and screaming for a few seconds does wonders. 🙂

        • carriewhite64

          Lol. I did the same thing in the storage closet.

    • Cuddles

      What do you mean? Please elaborate.

  • TruthBeTold

    2. Data, Data, Data.

    Statisticians, get ready: the White House has also launched a police data initiative designed to increase transparency and identify problematic trends.

    Good heavens. What don’t we already know?

    Unless they mean ‘the interpretation of data’; you know, data that fits the narrative.

    • John Smith

      FBI Uniform Reporting Stats tell you all that you need to know.

      • alex

        Don’t forget CDS statistics for sexually transmitted diseases.

      • JohnEngelman

        What we need to know is that as the prison population went up, the crime rate went down.

        • EuropeanIdentity33

          As the prison population went up so did our taxes…

        • Exactly. The only “social program” that has been successful at reducing crime has been more police and more prisons and longer sentences.

    • jane johnson

      I believe it was Twain who said “There’s lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

    • carriewhite64

      If they collect data correctly and apply what they learn in actual policing, how will that change anything? The data shows which portion of the population needs aggressive policing.

  • John Smith

    Sounds like another govt. employment program for negroes, primarily AA studies majors.

    • Dr. Rieux

      They still need massa’ to take care of them.

      • John Smith

        I’d “take care of them.”

  • AmericanCitizen

    I’m not surprised that a Liberal politician thinks that more government programs paid for with productive citizen’s money is the answer. That’s been the plan for the last 45 years and trillions of dollars. So far the only result is having crumbling inner cities populated with feral blacks who depend on government programs.

    Why not try something different? Remove the police force (since that’s what the populace wants), block off all the roads and bridges leading into the urban ghetto, and tell the inhabitants we’ll be back by Christmas to check on their progress and accomplishments.

  • TomIron361

    Camden is already a ward of the state of new jersey. That money will be flushed down the toilet in two shakes of a lambs tail. Figuring that the toilet is in working order of course.

    • AFlaVet

      Baltimore wil show Camden how it’s done.

  • alex

    “In cities like Camden, “for too long, both jobs and hope have been hard to find”
    Low-skilled, low-paying jobs are being taken over by Hispanics. How many NBA players, (c)rappers, black studies majors, community organizers, preachers, gang counselors, etc. society needs?
    How many black pseudo-intellectuals MSNBC can possibly employ?

    • GAWZ

      How many militant black feminists can MLK U hire?

  • dd121

    What do you think that 99% of the people hired to do that job are…..brown!

  • MBlanc46

    I hope that the Murder-in-Chief is paying for all this out of his own pocket. And since Valerie Jarrett is running off her big mouth, she can dig into her deep pockets, too.

  • superlloyd

    Peeing in the wind. Kowtowing to the feral undertow will have the opposite effect than that advertised.

    • Dr. Rieux

      It’s why I damn well want my first amendment rights, now more than ever.

  • Body cameras on cops is a good thing if an officer is personally well-disciplined and professional (as most are). However, they will end one’s career if an officer is heavy-handed, loud-mouthed, and easily provoked.

    Overall, body cameras will only help to expose how volatile and criminally-prone blacks are. Blacks will not cease being impulsive and temperamental and, thus, their conduct will be easily recorded for all to see. Cops, on the other hand, will learn to restrain themselves and go out of their way to speak and behave professionally. In the end, body cameras will make cops look better than what liberals had hoped for, and they will reveal how truly uncivilized blacks are.

    In ten years or so, there will be a cry from blacks and white liberals to ban such body cameras because they ‘convey images of African-Americans that are negative and stereotypical.’

    • GAWZ

      Experts are saying that even belligerent drunks turn into real gentlemen once they realize that they are on cop camera.

      • Alexandra1973

        Yeah, but what about drunk blacks? Or blacks at all?

      • Cuddles

        You’re referring to humans right? Try not to mix us up with that other species.

  • LHathaway

    “Bayonets, Be Gone”

    lol, wasn’t that a line Obama used in his second or third debate with Mitt Romney. . But Obama was all for bayonets and bullets or something?

    • John Smith

      A whiff of grapeshot for YT.

  • GAWZ

    “$163 million in hiring grants for positions focused on building community trust.”

    _______________

    (Laugh My Fцcкiиg АŞŞ Off) What does that mean? The white taxpayers get to add more affirmative action jobs to beautiful Camden.

    ♫Don’t turn around, oh oh
    Der Kommissar’s in town, oh oh..

  • MathMan

    Isn’t this just another $163 million worth of AA?

  • Dr. Rieux

    Tension between police and communities of color? Or, does he mean colored communities?

    Poor Ooga-boo. He didn’t get the memo that fewer and fewer are buying into the poor-me-I-black argument into anymore.

    Asians don’t descend into violent criminality. Then why should blacks, if we’re all the same? (Which we’re not)

  • HE2

    the White House has also launched a police data initiative designed to increase transparency..[snip]

    Reading the word “transparency” in the same sentence as a policy designed by “the White House,” sent me into side-splitting guffaws.
    I stopped reading at that point.
    Everyone knows transparency is the liar-in-chief’s long suit, right?
    My negro fatigue is so advanced, I propose we implement an “Escape From Manhattan” policy for black urban areas. Double razor wire fences, deep moats and guard houses are essential, otherwise,
    even upscale suburbs are not safe.

    • GAWZ

      My negro fatigue is so bad that I hate even turning on the TV.

      • HE2

        Good for you, GAWZ. All I watch on TV are films produced before the PC and soft porn plagues infected the industry.
        BBC and PBS have both sold out to die-versity, now unwatchable.
        Even childrens’ shows are nothing but indoctrination.

        • GAWZ

          I agree. Dr. Seuss’s ‘Cat In The Hat’ on PBS. There is a black boy with a blond headed white girl. Both characters look to be around 7 years old. They give each other the puppy love look.

        • David Ashton

          Orwell’s “1984” was prophetic not because of its squalid austerity but because of the division between (1) “Newspeak” aka PC & (2) “Prolefeed” aka soft-porn. He said he got the idea of “Minitrue” from his time at the BBC – EVEN THEN!!!

          • HE2

            Oh my, Mr. Ashton, I did not know Orwell made such a statement. Upsetting that Orwell could see it coming, proles slept through it.
            I used to watch “Call the Midwife,”, but the episodes of late depict two of the nurses in a lesbian relationship, the team bending over backwards to take tender, culturally sensitive care of a diseased, non English speaking Paki pregnant woman [who does not seem particularly grateful.]
            Inspector Lewis, the BBC detective, has been featured hooking up with a negro female who lives in a flat near his.
            And on and on. All ruined, including “Downton Abbey.”

          • David Ashton

            Midsomer Murders was attacked for being white and English. It goes on and on, with gay lovers kissing in the pre-watershed soaps and non-white news announcers disproportionately presented. I often wonder whether Orwell was being ironic when he wrote: “If there is hope it lies with the proles” (although the white working class seems to have been a backbone of Ukip votes in much of non-metrosexual northern England). The history of leftist infiltration and domination of BBC & TV has been well-documented from the 1960s to the present, but no point in trying to summarize it all here,

          • HE2

            There is a slight contextual problem with Midsomer’s demographics; it is a White, fairly upscale, peaceful community. Introducing a black character would be disrhymnic.
            Same with the “Doc Martin,” series, to which I admittedly am addicted [in spite of Martin being an insufferable, socially inept boor]. Port Isaac is all White.
            No black characters are popping up in subsequent reworkings of Austen or Brontë books either, with one exception. BBC cast an african in the role of Brontë’s Heathcliff. I refused to watch that one. The book describes him as “dark,” though Ms Brontë was referring to his moody character rather than skin color. Apparently the producers have not read the novel.

          • David Ashton

            Fidelity to the authorial intention of Dead White European Males (or Females) is not a primary concern!

          • HE2

            So you have noticed that too? :]

  • Earl P. Holt III

    More “Community Organizing” and other enabling of the most violent, savage and witless “community” in the history of mankind…

  • Hilis Hatki

    $1,500 a camera, mic…. + 15 minutes = Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do…

    • GAWZ

      “You gib us cash and we will think about not rioting.”

  • libertarian1234

    “That sense of unfairness and powerlessness has helped to fuel the kind of unrest we’ve seen in Ferguson and Baltimore and New York and other cities across our country,”

    That “sense of unfairness” is the result of blacks creating out-of-control areas of crime and thinking that they deserve to be treated with more privileges than they get right now.

    It has nothing to do with anything else but sky-rocketing black crime and violence.

    Also blacks employ black terrorism in order to get more black privileges, because they see it as a winning tactic that always favors them with more money and more freebies.

    And it is just this sort of black appeasement that makes their attitudes and conduct even worse.

    Blaming everybody and everything but black criminality and their desire to obtain more privileges on recent riots only encourages more of the same.

    But to be absolutely honest it’s exactly what millions of us want to see, hoping they’ll grow a backbone and start attacking white people to give us an excuse to drive them completely out of the country.

  • Just as blacks demanded and got harsh crack sentences in the 1980s then 15 years later demanded that they be reversed, and just as today’s mania for cop body cams will be the mania ten years from now to turn them off, because they’ll largely vindicate cops and indict the undertow, and create a lot more WSHH material, here’s another thing the left has suddenly done a 180 on: These gun and drug free bubble zones around schools.

    http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Malloy-opposition-to-Second-Chance-racially-6261084.php

    Liberal Democrats of a generation were the ones who wanted and got all these 1,000 foot and 1,500 foot and 2,000 foot bubble zones around schools. Remember, the school bubbles also affected guns and firearms along with drugs. The original Federal laws were written so vaguely that if you lived in a house within x feet of a school, (as you read in the article, that’s far more likely to be a possibility in dense urban area than a more lightly dense suburban or rural area)(*), and you stepped outside of your door with a gun, because you sensed some sort of requisite danger, you were violating the law of possessing a gun within a school zone bubble. Though these original provisions had a special carve-out for CCW permit holders. Anyway, someone took this provision to the Federal courts and they struck it down on 10th Amendment grounds. And guess who threw a fit when that happened? Liberal Democrats. In spite of that, most states still have school bubble zone laws.

    (*) – I once saw a map of St. Louis City with the 2,000-foot bubble circles drawn around all the public and private schools in the city that were open at the time, circa 1991. About half of the city’s geography was within these circles.

  • Pat Boyle

    This article is a joke – right?

    • Thanks for telling me the ending! The movie had such incredibly high reviews that I was certainly going to rent it. Possibly I would even have bought it and put it next to my other honored fav movies of all time: Dredd (2012), Lucy 2014, and of course: Starship Troopers (1997).

      Now I can’t watch because the ending is spoiled!

  • Ohmy!

    Maybe if Obama and his administration (plus the mass media) would not interfere with how the police do business in their communities, things might just improve!

    • Cuddles

      That would be sin against their religion Marxism. His specific denomination of course, you know? The Church if Alinsky?

  • Yeah, so the very president who incited riots across the country and encouraged blacks to resent police more is now trying to improve police/community relations?