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Obama Seeks Funds for Body Cameras and Better Police Training

Posted by Seth Chazin | Dec 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

President Obama is expected to ask lawmakers to fund body cameras and other training initiatives for the police force in a broader spending bill as part of his response to the police shooting death of unarmed African -American teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, and the police strangulation of African-American Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York.

The requested amount is expected to be about $200 million and Obama is schedules to attend a series of meetings at the White House related to the August shooting of Brown. The administration will ask for the money to be included as part of a spending bill that lawmakers are trying to pass to keep the government running after its current funding expires.

Both parties in the House want the bill to pass. The funding bill is actually comprised of 12 individual bills that are tied together and the funding will last until September 2015. Some Republicans want to use the bills as a way to resist the President's plans to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

The shooting and death of Michael Brown and the grand jury decision that failed to indict his murderer has brought about a national debate over racial profiling by police officers against African-Americans. This devastating occurrence has led to protests and demonstrations across the country.

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Seth Chazin

Seth P. Chazin has aggressively defended clients in thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases for over 30 years. He has extensive experience representing criminal defendants in federal and state court, while handling both state and federal appeals as well.


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