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President Trump to end Obama-era ban on providing military gear to local police departments

August 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
President Trump to end Obama-era ban on providing military gear to local police departments

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It is anticipated that President Trump will roll back on an Obama-era order banning the militarization of police departments.

The proposal would see President Trump nullify the controversial ban forbidding federal officials from providing local police departments with military gear, weapons, and armored vehicles.

On Monday, Jeff Sessions, Attorney General, is set to address the Fraternal Order of Police where he’s also expected to announce Trump’s new policy, according to Fox News.

“Assets that would be scrapped can be repurposed to help state, local and tribal law enforcement protect public safety and reduce crime,” an administration summary stated.

Several law enforcement organizations have been requesting for the reversal of Obama’s program announcing the equipment was essential when responding to turmoil in cities.

Former President Obama proposed the measure in 2015 after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Prohibited equipment included armored vehicles, grenades, firearms, camouflage, and drones.

The shooting caused massive protests and urest across the U.S., and law enforcement officials surged into Ferguson with tank-like vehicles and riot gear in August 2014.

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