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After a vociferous outcry over the high-profile deaths of unarmed Black men who died at the hands of White police officers in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, President Barack Obama on Monday called for sweeping reforms of police tactics in cities across the nation.
The president released findings of the White House task force set up after the deaths last summer of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York City’s Staten Island community. The report, which recommends an overhaul of the criminal justice system, says law enforcement agencies should seek independent criminal investigators and independent prosecutors to review cases when someone dies or is injured during encounters with police, according to a statement.
The task force also urges law enforcement officers to work to develop trust in communities by creating policies to address racial profiling, changing oppressive tactics while patrolling…
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