Coming to a Town Near You: Urban Combat

Trump Administration Moves to Help Local Police Forces Militarize

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“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.”