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Obama's Policing Task Force Calls for Independent Investigations of Officer-Involved Shootings

March 03, 2015  | 

A task force appointed by President Obama recommended Monday that all officer-involved shootings be investigated by independent investigators and that agencies seek greater diversity and better training of police forces to de-escalate confrontations with minorities.

Created largely in response to the shooting death of a black teen by a police officer last summer in Ferguson, Missouri, the task force issued a 120-page report that calls for civilian oversight boards of police departments, customized to meet community needs.

The report also calls for a “de-coupling” of immigration enforcement actions from local police duties, a perennial point of contention with federal agencies, the Washington Times reports.

The report also suggests that local agencies adopt more of a community policing approach and minimize the use of military equipment at protests, Time reports.

Many of the federal task force’s recommendations align with similar calls made by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which released a report on community-police relations in January. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Ind., says that the report rightfully acknowledges that the federal government’s role in improving police-community relations is limited.


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Ric Walters @ 3/3/2015 3:20 PM

Sure. Give Obama and Holder the ability to investigate police shootings, then they'll take every use of force case to trial in their kangaroo courts. The prisons will fill up with cops, and be emptied of Obama voters - err, criminals. The feds have no business in your business, Chiefs.

bob retired leo @ 3/3/2015 3:31 PM

Obama, Holder and all those useless cronies soon will be gone. Policing is difficult enough without these clowns and and their prejudical racial social agenda. With these clowns in command I see many departments are having difficulty in recruiting officers I was asked if I would like to work part time and I said.... When the supreme leader of the USA is out of office and Holder leaves, which is shortly. USA! USA!

Retired Chief @ 3/3/2015 4:05 PM

Nothing but political correctness. The fact that the incident which "motivated" this task force involved a justified OIS makes no difference to the regime and its agenda.

DEADMAN @ 3/3/2015 5:20 PM

Community policing doesn't work,all it provided for at federal expense was a bunch of lazy ,do-nothing officers in sub-stations,getting their Willys wet.You need more officers on street,cleveland is approximately 400 officers down if not more.

Leonard Mather @ 3/3/2015 5:28 PM

Here is an analogy to consider. Netanyahu's speech to Congress is now known. Obama's response, along with Pelosi's are now known. Islamist Terrorists love their conclusions and Iran must be celebrating about it. If their kind of thinking and logic is applied to a Policing Task Force the results can be summed up with one word: COUNTERPRODUCTIVE.

marilyn @ 3/4/2015 3:07 AM

Once again, it is not a racial issue! Law Enforcement is an extremely difficult job and making a judgment call in any situation can always be second guessed. If we spent more money on upholding the laws instead of ways to get around them, I know a novel idea. It should be about the officer making the right call and not about color. Racism will never end if we keep bringing it up in this manner. Obama is now making it legal to break Federal law by waving a wand and turning illegals into legal citizens. This will give them benefits to Social Security etc, draining our system. You tell me what is right when you are faced with a call to take some ones life. Not an easy decision I venture to say.

Tom @ 3/4/2015 4:20 AM

Civilian oversight boards, can be helpful in many areas, but they should not be in the position to dictate policy nor make or force any command decisions. This military equipment issue is nothing but smoke in my opinion. Police departments were looking to use some of this type of equipment in the 60s, when we had our share of protests. So get off that band wagon and deal with the real issues. People have a right to protest peacefully, but when that protest turns into a lawless mob, then they should be delt with as such. I can not condone the destruction of personal or public property, period. Vandalsim and destruction of property is a crime, not an expression of your 1st amendment right of free speech. This is common sense, but apparently that is not a guiding factor with our federal government or DOJ. Officer involved shootings still need to be completely investigated, but by those who understand the departments policies and procedures. Not those with special agendas.

Ordinary Joe @ 3/4/2015 5:39 AM

Once we become federalized, we will only serve the masters in the Federal Government. Local control will disappear and the Chief will have very little to say on how the department operates.

Lt Dan @ 3/4/2015 6:03 AM

Before you start calling him a clown, realize that there is specific intent here. We have all trained to be one step higher on the use of force ladder. If you want to prevent escallation, teach compliance with LEO directions.

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 3/4/2015 8:10 AM

Yes the Federal Govt has nothing to do with policing of our local cities and states. You show you are distrusting the elected officials and appointed officers who train to use as least amount of force possible to negate the call. However, when citizens fail to comply with those directions they are subject to citations or arrest and whatever force that is necessary to effect the arrest.

Pete Donnelly @ 3/4/2015 9:41 AM

In Texas, the Texas Rangers usually investigate OIS, and all OIS are reviewed by the DAs and grand juries. Sometimes the FBI joins in. That is all the oversight we need.

Retired Chief @ 3/4/2015 8:55 PM

With the regime currently in power I AM GLAD I AM RETIRED...but I fear for the future of professional law enforcement

Richard Hightower @ 3/6/2015 12:36 PM

"Rallies" and "peacful demonstrations" are one thing. Riots, criminal actions, and general disorder like what happened in Furguson, MO are another thing entirely.

TX Lawman @ 3/6/2015 2:50 PM

The "man" that can't even clean his own house is going to "clean up" police departments so bad guys don't get shot, rioters don't get hurt or go to jail and lots of officers get seriously injured. Kiss Mine Obama. You don't know the first thing about Law Enforcement. We saw that when you chastised a police officer publicly when he detained your friend at his house and he refused to follow the officers directions. I think I'll be like you Obama... I'm intent to follow your direction. Congress makes a law and you refuse to apply it or honor it, so when you make a law, which is illegal, officers should refuse to apply it or follow it. Lead by example, right?! Got it!

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