The Trump administration Monday lifted a controversial ban on the transfer of some surplus military equipment to police departments whose battlefield-style response to rioting in a St. Louis suburb three years ago prompted a halt to the program.
The new plan takes effect immediately and fully rolls back an Obama administration executive order that blocked armored vehicles, large-caliber weapons, ammunition and other heavy equipment from being re-purposed from foreign battlefields to America’s streets.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who led the campaign for the program’s reinstatement, outlined the President Trump’s new executive order Monday in an address to the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest police union, suggesting that Obama’s directive was a concession to political pressure applied by civil rights advocates.
“We will not put superficial concerns above public safety,” Sessions told the group gathered in Nashville, Tenn. “All you need to do is turn on a TV right now to see that for Houstonians this isn’t about appearances, it’s about getting the job done and getting everyone to safety.”
You have to respect Jeff Sessions for waiting for a disaster like Hurricane Harvey flooding Houston as an excuse to retool the police with military gear that they 1000% do not need. Can’t. Knock. The Hustle. Jeff Sessions is earning his keep in the White House. Guaranteed raise after this.
Every time you see the comparisons of the Donald Trump administration to old fascists regimes, you have to scoff them off and just say to yourself that it’s a big exaggeration and nothing thaaat bad is happening in America but here comes the militarization of the police force. Goosestepping coming soon…
Can’t wait for the first police officer to kill an unarmed teenager with a claymore.