Donald Trump ended a policy to prevent police militarization and, thanks to Leftist violence, it may seem reasonable.
Many in Donald Trump’s base of support were opposed to police militarization. But Trump has cleared the way for the police to be militarized even more.
I don’t think there will be much criticism of this change in policy. Unlike the bombing of Syria or the renewal of the occupation of Afghanistan, Trump isn’t going back on anything he said in the campaign. And Antifa violence against Trump supporters and police makes military gear look more reasonable.
Listen to how self-righteous and confident this “protester” sounds. I can see why Conservatives would want the police to be able to deal with a mob of such people.
NBC News reports, “Trump Reverses Obama Policy on Surplus Military Gear for Police.”
Reversing an Obama-era policy, President Donald Trump Monday removed restrictions on the kinds of surplus military gear the Defense Department can turn over to local police departments.
The issue has been a sensitive one since the Justice Department concluded that tactics used by police during 2014’s violent street protest in Ferguson, Missouri inflamed tensions and created fear among demonstrators.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the change, first reported by USA Today, in a speech to the Fraternal Order of Police in Nashville on Monday.
The executive order “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,” he said.
The Obama limitations hurt law enforcement, Sessions added.
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