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Obama to Hold White House Meetings about Ferguson


Police and Missouri National Guardsmen stand guard as protesters gather in front of Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Nov. 28, 2014.

President Barack Obama is to discuss the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, with his Cabinet, civil rights leaders, law enforcement officials and others at the White House on Monday.

The meeting will focus on a review of federal programs that provide military-style equipment to law enforcement agencies.

Later, Obama meets young civil rights leaders to discuss the challenges posed by "mistrust between law enforcement and communities of color."

He also plans to meet government and law enforcement officials, as well as community leaders, to discuss how to strengthen neighborhoods.

Protests have continued in Ferguson since a grand jury's decision last week not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black.

Since August, roughly 300 people have been arrested amid the protests, which have been marred by looting and arson attacks.

Those arrested face charges of unlawful assembly and trespassing, interfering with police activity and resisting arrest, as well as felonies, including second-degree burglary, arson, unlawful firearm possession and assault.

Also Monday in the southern city of Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is to meet with law enforcement officials and city leaders to discuss ways to improve relations between law enforcement and the community.

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