Obama: I Will Use Executive Actions To Implement Recommendations From Task Force On Race Relations

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At his end of the year press conference on Friday, President Obama addressed the task force on race relations he put together following the grand jury decisions of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. The president says the report will not be "abstract musings" but instead "concrete, practical things" that law enforcement agencies can "begin implementing right now to rebuild trust between communities of color and the police department."

"The task force that I formed is supposed to report back to me in 90 days," President Obama said. "My intention is to, as soon as I get those recommendations, to start implementing them. Some of them I'll be able to do through executive actions, some of them will require Congressional action, some of them will require action on the part of states and local jurisdictions."

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Now, obviously, how we're thinking about race relations right now has been colored by Ferguson, the [Eric] Garner case in New York, a growing awareness in the broader population of what many communities of color have understood for some time. And that is that, there's specific instances at least where -- where law enforcement doesn't feel as if it's being applied in a colorblind fashion.

The task force that I formed is supposed to report back to me in 90 days. Not with a bunch of abstract musings about race relations but some really concrete, practical things that police departments and law enforcement agencies can begin implementing right now to rebuild trust between communities of color and the police department. And my intention is to, as soon as I get those recommendations, to start implementing them. Some of them I'll be able to do through executive actions, some of them will require Congressional action, some of them will require action on the part of states and local jurisdictions.

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