Obama to Host Meetings with Civil Rights Leaders on Ferguson

Obama to Host Meetings with Civil Rights Leaders on Ferguson

President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet on Monday with Vice President Joe Biden, his Cabinet, civil rights leaders, and law enforcement officials among others, to discuss the the civil unrest that happened in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Riots were set off last week in Ferguson and all over the country when the St. Louis County grand jury decided that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, now resigned from the force, would not be indicted in the August 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Mike Brown.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to be in attendance as well, according to a press release from de Blasio’s office on Sunday night. Although National Action Network’s Reverend Al Sharpton did not specifically declare he would be at the White House gathering, Sharpton did tweet early Sunday night that he “just landed” in Washington. Sharpton is reported to be a key adviser to Obama on the Ferguson issue.

The White House told the AP that Obama’s Cabinet discussion will deal with his administration’s review of federal programs that provide military-style equipment to local law enforcement agencies.

President Obama will also meet with young civil rights leaders to talk about issues relating to the “mistrust between law enforcement and communities of color.” Obama will later meet with government and law enforcement officials along with community leaders to look at ways on how to improve neighborhoods.


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