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Trump lifts ban on military gear for police
The Trump administration this week revived a program that provides local police departments with surplus military gear, reversing an Obama-era order banning the transfers. President Obama had prohibited the transfer of armored vehicles, grenade launchers, and high-caliber weapons to local law enforcement in 2015, after clashes between police and residents in Ferguson, Mo., arguing that militarized gear gave cops the air of an “occupying force.” But Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the decision to restore the transfers, citing a rise in violent crime. The National Fraternal Order of Police hailed the move; civil rights groups said the Obamaera restrictions were critical to rebuilding trust between police and minorities.