The death of Michael Brown sparked a national conversation about race, justice, and the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color.
In the wake of the events in Ferguson, President Obama is proposing a three-year, $263 million plan to improve and expand training for law enforcement officers. Seventy-five million dollars have been specifically allocated to help pay for 50,000 lapel-mounted cameras to record police on the job. The intent behind the President’s spending package is to provide clarity when these interactions occur in the hopes that history will not repeat itself.
But will body cameras build trust or worsen the problem? Are they the most effective way to ensure fair policing and end racial profiling or is accountability bigger than surveillance? How do we stop building “militarized culture” within police departments while still maintaining federal programs that provide the type of military-style equipment needed to dispel racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri?
Alicia Menedez spoke to Hiram College political science professor Jason Johnson to find out more.