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Administration wants 50,000 police body cameras

Administration wants 50,000 police body cameras
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In response to the events in Ferguson and more recent events, the White House has announced that President Obama "has pledged $263 million of federal funding for police training and body cameras, set aside by executive order."

What does this mean, exactly?

Well, it means that 50,000 body cameras will be bought with a whopping $75 million allocated for the body cams. A large portion of the funds will be going towards the training of police in the use of "paramilitary equipment" like assault rifles, armored vehicles, and other situational equipment that has been put into the hands of local law enforcement through the Homeland Security preparedness program.

If you were aware of the goings-on in Ferguson from the beginning back in August when 18-year-old Mike Brown was shot by a white police officer, then you've seen the battle-like gear that local law enforcement wore during the initial riots. Many Internet users compared them to soldiers currently serving overseas, and noted that there was just as, if not more, heavy armor and weaponry on local officers than the fully-trained soldiers.

Some claim the use of this heavy armor only served to escalate the initial violence in Ferguson, which is why so much of the pledged funds are going to training on the proper deployment of such equipment by local law enforcement.

Next page: Where is the rest of that money going?
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