U.S. President Barack Obama says the trust between communities and police needs to be improved a year after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama said in his weekly address on Saturday (August 15) that the trust between communities and police needs to be improved. Obama was speaking on community policing in the year since the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. "His death, along with the events in Cleveland, Staten Island, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and other communities, sparked protests and soul searching all across our country... We've come to see, more clearly than ever, the frustration in many communities of color and the feeling that our laws can be applied unevenly," Obama said. Brown's death sparked months of sometimes violent protests both in Ferguson and around the United States following subsequent police killings of unarmed black men in several other cities. It also spurred the "Black Lives Matter" movement that has cast a spotlight on long-troubled relations between police and minority residents of many U.S. cities. In his weekly address, Obama said a taskforce he created in May made of police officers, activists and academics to propose recommendations on community policing had since made some 59 recommendations, including ways to make better use of data and technology and expanding police training and protocol.