Can Obama curb police militarisation?

Six years after Barack Obama’s speech in Philadelphia decrying the “racial stalemate”, it seems “more entrenched than ever”, says Josh Lederman in the Associated Press.

Earlier this week, the president took a two-day break from his summer holiday to “plead for calm and understanding” in Ferguson, Missouri, where the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by a police officer on 9 August.

As he made his speech, the president seemed “trapped” between a need to stand up for law and order, and an inclination to empathise with those who say that blacks are treated differently by the police [...]

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