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Trump Lifts Military Gear Ban for Local Police (7m video)

Tim Black Show, August 28, 2017

Trump opens the floodgates on military equipment for local law enforcement. Police departments will now have access to military surplus equipment typically used in warfare, including grenade launchers, armored vehicles and bayonets, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday, describing it as “lifesaving gear.”

The move rescinds limits on the Pentagon handouts that were put in place by President Barack Obama in 2015 amid a national debate over policing touched off by a spate of high-profile deaths of black men at the hands of the police, including the shooting death in 2014 of 18-year-old Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo., by a white officer.

Some local residents viewed police use of military equipment during the ensuing protests as an unnecessary show of force and intimidation.

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