Obama Wants More Police Funding After Ferguson Unrest
U.S. President Barack Obama is calling for millions of dollars more in federal spending to improve police forces around the country, in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman during a street confrontation in the central town of Ferguson, Missouri.
After meeting at the White House Monday with his Cabinet, civil rights leaders and law enforcement officials, Mr. Obama announced spending proposals of more than $260 million for police forces across the United States. He said the additional money would pay for 50,000 body cameras for police to wear to record their interactions with civilians, as well as to fund more training for police.
The president also announced he will set up a task force to study how to improve policing. He said Americans of color do not feel they are being treated fairly by police, creating what he called a "simmering distrust" in communities and weakening the country.
Speaking in Atlanta Monday at the historic church once led by the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Junior, Attorney General Eric Holder also announced new Justice Department plans aimed at ending racial profiling and ensuring fair and effective policing.
Lebanon Detains Wife, Child of Islamic State Leader
Security officials say the Lebanese military has detained a wife and child of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The officials said Tuesday the woman and child were being held and questioned at Lebanon's defense ministry, after being detained about 10 days ago near the border with Syria.
Lebanon's As-Safir newspaper reported the military detained the two "in coordination with foreign intelligence agencies."
Baghdadi has led the Islamic State group since 2010, and earlier this year declared a "caliphate" over eastern Syria and northern Iraq where militants seized large pieces of territory. The United States has declared him a global terrorist and offered a bounty of up to $10 million.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due to lead a ministerial-level meeting Wednesday in Brussels where 60 coalition partners will discuss political efforts to combat the Islamic State group.