Obama restricts military gear for police, says it can ‘alienate and intimidate’

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WATCH ABOVE: President Obama ends transfer of surplus military gear to U.S. police agencies

CAMDEN, N.J. – President Barack Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement on Monday in an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities, saying equipment made for the battlefield should not be a tool of American criminal justice.

Grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armoured vehicles, weaponized aircraft and vehicles, firearms and ammunition of .50-calibre or higher will no longer be provided to state and local police agencies by the federal government under Obama’s order.

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“We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like there’s an occupying force, as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them,” Obama said, nine months after an outcry over the use of riot gear…

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Obama restricts military gear for police, says it can ‘alienate and intimidate’

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