President Barack Obama on Monday cautioned against expecting easy answers to help ease tensions between communities and law enforcement after a task force unveiled its recommendations.
The 21st Century Policing Task Force unveiled a report recommending greater use of officer-worn body cameras, improved collection of officer involved shooting data and sanctions on police departments using unnecessary military tactics and equipment, among dozens of other policy recommendations.
After conducting seven listening sessions around the country, members of the task force issued 59 recommendations for how our communities can build stronger relationships with the police that serve them.
Obama praised the effort, but noted there’s no one silver bullet for fixing the issue.
“There’s been a lot of talk about body cameras as a silver bullet or a solution. I think the task force concluded that there is a role for technology to play in building additional trust and accountability, but it’s not a panacea,” Obama said. “It has to be embedded in a broader change in culture and a legal framework that ensures that people’s privacy is respected and that not only police officers but the community themselves feel comfortable with how technologies are being used.”
The report claimed law enforcement has become more effective over the last 20 years, but recent Gallup polls show public confidence in the police has flattened or decreased among minorities following the high-profile, officer-involved deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice.
The public would like more law enforcement to be more transparent, polls show, and that has prompted calls for officer-worn body camera to be the norm.
SOURCE: Wesley Bruer