Following Michael Brown's tragic death, millions of people across the nation and around the world have focused their attention on unfolding events in Ferguson, both grieving together and making their voices heard.

In recent days, many have been captivated by ongoing developments, anguished emotions, peaceful protests -- and, too often, deeply unfortunate images of unnecessary destruction. And this tragic incident has sparked a necessary, national conversation about the need to ensure trust and build strong relationships between law enforcement officials and the communities they serve.

Events in Ferguson have revealed a deep distrust between a community and its police force. But this reality is not limited to one location. Other communities around this country know this struggle all too well. And it's abundantly clear that every single one of us has a role to play in tackling this problem together, as a nation -- to identify those things that bind us, and to be honest with one another about the things that continue to divide us.

In August, President Obama ordered a review of federal funding and programs that provide equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies. Yesterday, the Administration released that review's findings -- and announced key next steps to strengthen the trust in and effectiveness of the policing of our communities.

Learn more about yesterday's announcements, and the findings of the Administration's review.

Here are the next steps we're taking:

  1. Creating a new task force to promote the expansion of 21st century community-oriented policing.
  2. Reforming how the federal government equips local law enforcement, particularly with military-style equipment.
  3. Advancing the use of body-worn cameras and promoting proven community policing initiatives.

I know this has been a difficult time for people in Ferguson, and for many others across the country. It will take time for things to get better. But as I assured Ferguson residents during my visit there, in August, the Obama administration is firmly committed to making the progress we need -- and that all of our citizens deserve.

The changes that the President announced yesterday are exactly the sorts of programmatic steps that will bring the right people together to engage in a constructive, national conversation -- so we can build trust, address persistent concerns, and protect public safety while respecting the rights of every American.

Last Tuesday, addressing the public, the President said, "[to] those who are prepared to work constructively, your President will work with you." I am committed to answering the President's call to see this through -- as are the men and women of the United States Department of Justice.

Learn more about yesterday's announcements here -- and spread the word to anyone who wants to know how we're moving forward as a nation.

Thank you,

Eric H. Holder, Jr.


Attorney General Eric Holder ( 6:21 PM  Newsletter

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  • Caricom

    Nothing will bring the elite 1% club to the negotiating table like an economic boycott. Stop financing our own destruction. Buy only what we need, not what we want. Stop spending money on European holidays like Thanksgiving (which is a farce), Christmas (which has nothing to do with Christ), and all the other holidays, festivals, and celebrations that drain our wealth into their pockets. Buy black whenever and wherever possible. I repeat: Black America contributes $1 Trillion dollars to the American economy. How much money is that? It surpasses the Top 10 nations America does business with. Put another way: I give you $1 million today, another million tomorrow and so on for 365 days per year for 40 years and finally you will have $1 Trillion dollars! That is economic power, lying dormant and unused. So, now the ball is in our court. Do we continue with the "business as usual" spending habits or do we change until we get what we want? Let's put up or shut up. 

    Wes Bernard and Family

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