Obama Proposes Increased Federal Oversight of Military Surplus Program

Following the release of a report by the White House that found a lack of structure in federal programs to distribute military equipment to police, the Obama administration is proposing increased training and oversight.

Under an executive order issued Dec. 1 by President Obama in the wake of the protests in Ferguson, Mo., the federal government will change how it distributes military-style equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies.

In addition, the administration has proposed a $75 million investment to purchase 50,000 body cameras for police officers as part of a plan to increase training for police and improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve, CBS News reports.

The proposal comes after a report from the White House found that federal programs for distributing military-grade equipment to police lacked structure and were unevenly implemented.

The report, ordered in August, followed the shooting death of Ferguson teen Michael Brown by a police officer that has sparked protests around the country.

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