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Trump Expected to Lift Ban on Transfer of Military Equipment to Police

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By    |   Sunday, 27 August 2017 09:40 PM

President Donald Trump is planning to lift an Obama administration ban on the transfer of some surplus military equipment to police departments, USA Today reported on Sunday.

The plan, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions may outline in his address to the Fraternal Order of Police on Monday, would reverse an executive order made by President Barack Obama that blocked the transfer from the military of armored vehicles, large-caliber weapons, and other heavy equipment to local police forces.

Obama initiated the ban after police in Ferguson, Missouri, used armored vehicles and other heavy equipment when dealing with unrest there in 2014 following the shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer. In implementing the ban, Obama said the use of such equipment made the police appear as an "occupying force'' to many local residents and worsened the divide between law enforcement and the community.

But, according to a Trump administration summary of the new program recently circulated to some law enforcement groups and obtained by USA Today, a lifting of the ban would restore "the full scope of a longstanding program for recycling surplus, lifesaving gear from the Department of Defense, along with restoring the full scope of grants used to purchase this type of equipment from other sources,'' adding that "Assets that would otherwise be scrapped can be re-purposed to help state, local and tribal law enforcement better protect public safety and reduce crime."

Law enforcement groups have long been seeking a reversal of the Obama policy, saying that access to such equipment was needed to better respond to local unrest.

The Obama ban was made on the advice of a White House advisory group formed after the riots in Ferguson and which maintained police should "avoid using provocative tactics and equipment that undermine civilian trust."

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