Obama to travel to Camden, NJ, meet with police
President Obama will travel to Camden, N.J., on Monday to visit with police officers and community members, the White House said Thursday.
The White House has sought to emphasize its efforts to address the problem.
Last month, the Obama administration selected Camden as one of eight new “Promise Zones,” a federal program that gives preferential treatment to struggling municipalities applying for anti-poverty, health and crime-prevention grants.
Camden’s troubled police force was eliminated in 2012, and a new county-run force has been credited with improving community relations while driving down crime.
Last week, Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with community leaders and law enforcement officials in Baltimore. Her visit came a week after riots broke out in response to the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died while in police custody. Charges were filed against the six officers involved in the incident.
The White House has said Obama has no immediate plans to visit Baltimore.
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