President Barack Obama is spending a good portion of his afternoon on Monday dealing with the ongoing fallout of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
At noon, Obama is set to gather with Vice President Joe Biden and cabinet officials “to discuss federal programs and funding that provide equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies,” according to the White House. Afterwards, the president is set to hold meetings with civil rights activists and elected officials including Rev. Al Sharpton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D).
Some have criticized the deployment of military-style equipment and uniforms in Ferguson after the protests began last August after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer. A new wave of violent demonstrations hit the city last Monday after a grand jury decided to not indict the officer.
Obama has struck a cautious tone on the Ferguson protests thus far and focused his comments on the broader issue of police-community relations rather than the specifics of Brown’s case. His next two meetings on Monday will likely address that issue.