Obama on Garner Decision: I Have a Task Force Working on This

Obama on Garner Decision: I Have a Task Force Working on This

Wednesday, in reacting to the news that a grand jury declined to indict the New York City Police Officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, President Barack Obama said, “I want everybody to understand that this week in the wake of Ferguson we initiated a task force whose job it is to come back to me with specific recommendations about how we strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color and minority communities that feel that bias is taking place.”

“[It] speaks to the larger issues that we’ve been talking about now for the last week, the last month, the last year, and sadly for decades,” Obama said. “And that is, the concern on the part of too many minority communities that law enforcement is not working with them and dealing with them in a fair way. And there’s going to be, I’m sure, additional statements by law enforcement, my tradition is not to remark on cases where there may still be an investigation. But i want everybody to understand that this week in the wake of Ferguson we initiated a task force whose job it is to come back to me with specific recommendations about how we strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color and minority communities that feel that bias is taking place.”

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