The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing: Interim Report

The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing: Interim Report

Mr. Obama presents the recommendations of a White House task force created in the wake of the Ferguson killings. In this interim report, the panel  offered 63 recommendations, including the creation of a National Crime and Justice Task Force to guide a broad overhaul of the criminal justice system. Led by Charles H. Ramsey, the commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department and president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, and Laurie O. Robinson, a former Justice Department official who is a professor of criminology and law at George Mason University,  the panel also offered more specific recommendations. It recommended that police departments be required to collect and post on their websites information about stops, frisks, summonses, arrests and crimes, broken down by demographics. It called for less confrontational practices by the police and steps to “minimize the appearance of a military operation” when dealing with large protests. That could include wearing “soft look” uniforms and removing riot gear “as soon as practical,” the panel said.

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