“The Trump administration is lifting limits on the transfer of some surplus military hardware, including grenade launchers, bayonets and large-caliber weapons, to police departments,” NPR reports.
“It defies logic to arm the police with weapons of war … but that’s precisely what President Trump and Attorney General Sessions have decided to do,” said Kanya Bennett of the American Civil Liberties Union.
“Then-President Barack Obama placed restrictions on the transfer of military equipment to local police in 2015. That decision came in response to the controversy over the use of military-style gear by police confronting protesters in Ferguson, Mo., following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by a white police officer.”