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Trump to Restore Program Sending Surplus Military Weapons, Equipment to Police

August 28, 2017  | 

President Donald Trump plans to resume the transfer of surplus weapons, vehicles and other equipment from the nation's military to its state and local law enforcement agencies, reviving a program that was sharply curtailed by President Barack Obama two years ago. The program launched in 1990 but was greatly limited after public reaction to images of heavily militarized police in the streets of Ferguson, MO, and other sites of civil unrest.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the move Monday morning at the Fraternal Order of Police convention in Nashville, and said the president would do so by executive order. The police union had lobbied for the restoration of the program, and Trump said he would do so during his campaign.

The restrictions on distributing military surplus to police "went too far," Sessions told the FOP on Monday. "We will not put superficial concerns above public safety…The executive order the president will sign today will ensure that you can get the lifesaving gear that you need to do your job and send a strong message that we will not allow criminal activity, violence, and lawlessness to become the new normal. And we will save taxpayer money in the meantime."

Sessions concluded by telling the police convention, "We have your back and you have our thanks."


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132&Bush @ 8/28/2017 5:41 PM

Gee why would Police need this stuff? Lets see, Barcelona, Paris attacks, etc. Lots of riots, Houston floods, and how about idiot mayors like the one in NYC that doesn't put any money into the police.

Joe Smith @ 8/28/2017 7:44 PM

Nice to have a real president back in the White House who makes sound decisions based on pertinent facts.

otj26yra @ 8/29/2017 7:19 AM

Anymore police need this equipment to protect people from militant protesters like antifa. On a side note Paris Jackson on the MTV awards praised our country for having freedom and in the next breath said they would have Zero tolerance for racists and Hate groups. No clue to the concept of Freedom that protects everyone regardless of point of view. Zero tolerance for an opposing view is censorship.

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