Obama is dealing with the Michael Brown crisis the best way he knows how – by spending money. The President met with Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders at the White House on Monday. Sharpton called it “a historic meeting” and lauded Obama for committing to “put his full weight” behind a very expensive new project. “We live in a country that we must support law enforcement but law enforcement must support justice,” said the Reverend.
Obama will be demanding $263 million from Congress in order to provide 50,000 body cameras to police departments nationwide, which the family of Michael Brown has been advocating for. The costly plan also aims to train local cops to better utilize surplus military equipment. Obama explained in a brief statement to the press that the shooting of Michael Brown “laid bare a problem that is not unique to St. Louis … and that is a simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.”
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Obama believes that “too many individuals – particularly young people of color – do not feel as if they’re being treated fairly.” Thus, he has committed to spending millions of our hard-earned tax dollars to make them feel better. Body cameras may not be a bad idea, however, we are dealing with the largest fiscal deficit in the history of the United States; we certainly do not have an extra $263 million lying around.
Furthermore, some police departments have tried using body cameras, only to give the technology mixed reviews, at best. Many officers find them impeding to their movements, which we certainly don’t want in situations where quick, precise movements are absolutely necessary (you know, like when there’s a giant black teenager punching you in the face and reaching for your weapon).
There is a deeper issue at hand, which will not be fixed with expensive new equipment. Those rioting in the streets to protest the fatal shooting of Michael Brown represent the low-information, ignorant sect of society, who’s education and general mindset predispose them to feeling as though they’re not being “treated fairly.” Teens who are respectful, don’t rob stores and don’t assault law enforcement officers, don’t get shot. This is an issue of education.
The black community (and many progressive white fools), refuse to acknowledge that Michael Brown was asking for a bullet to the head. You don’t get to punch an officer, grab his gun, charge him, threaten his life, and then walk away unscathed.
Police body cameras are certainly a controversial issue. Do you think Obama is spending this $263 million wisely? Sound off in the comments section!