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Trump Overturns Obama — Reinstates Transfer Of Military Equipment To Police

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Monday fully restoring a Defense Department program that transfers military equipment to police, The Daily Caller has learned.

The DOD’s 1033 program was launched in 1990 and has since transferred more than $5.4 billion in military surplus equipment to state, tribal and local law enforcement agencies, according a Justice Department document.

Following public outcry over militarized riot police in the 2015 Ferguson riots, President Barack Obama significantly limited the types of equipment available through the program. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce at a speech Monday at the Fraternal Order of Police convention that Trump will fully restore the program.

“The President’s Executive Order restores the full scope of a longstanding program for recycling surplus, lifesaving gear from the Department of Defense, along with restoring the full scope of grants used to purchase this type of equipment from other sources,” a DOJ document obtained by TheDC states.

This equipment includes clothing, rifles, ammunition, armored vehicles, helmets and more. The executive order signed by Obama in 2015 prohibited the DOD from transferring .50 caliber firearms or ammunition, and camouflage uniforms. The order also made it more difficult for agencies to acquire armored vehicles, battering rams, riot helmets, riot shields and drones.

“This type of equipment has been used in high-profile police operations such as San Bernardino, where armored vehicles and other military gear were used to protect the lives of the officers who pursued and ultimately killed the terrorists,” the DOJ stated in a document. “A military-style helmet also stopped a bullet and saved the life of an officer responding to the Orlando nightclub shooting.”

A recent study touted by the DOJ also found that “for every $5,800 in military aid given to law enforcement agencies through this program, society saves roughly $112,000 in costs due to prevented crime.”

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Richard Misel Jr

    August 28, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I have always been against this. The police are NOT military they do NOT need military equipment.! Giving military equipment to police has only purpose and that is to be used against the citizens.!

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  3. Matt Tonning

    August 28, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    good now perhaps the cops that have been standing down will have the guts to give the left domestic terrorists the attitude adjustments they so “rightly” deserve.

  4. PHILLIP BAUGHMAN

    August 28, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Obama was and is a total JERK.

  5. Judith A Lowrey

    August 28, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    I have been waiting for law enforcement to have access to this type of equipment due to the violence that has been escalating by the BLM and ANTIFA groups against other Americans and the police. We need also an order to state that law enforcement do not enforce the “stand down” orders that are being given by state’s mayors, police chiefs, and other state officials. We cannot stand by and watch others being hit with bats, rocks, bricks, tear gas and other weapons. Obama divided this country like no other President in office. He set back Civil Rights by 50 years and we are reaping now what he sowed.

  6. Billy Boner

    August 28, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    ***PRESIDENT TRUMP 2020*** 100% THE MAN!!

  7. Pendit1

    August 28, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    ANYTIME President Trump OVERTURNS Obama misguided orders, it’s a good thing , IMHO.

  8. Sovereign Mary

    August 28, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    We truly do not need or want the various State and local policing agencies acting like they are quasi-Military!

  9. Kenneth

    August 28, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Let’s these ANTIFA pigs start something now when they’re facing high grade artillery

  10. paulette

    August 29, 2017 at 12:57 am

    IM FOR TRUMP BUT WHY DOES THE POLICE NEED MILITARY EQUIPMENT

  11. AHZZ

    August 29, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    GOOD!!!
    Now go use them on the “Enemies of the State” – BLM, ANTIFA AND ALL THE REST OF THESE LOONY, HATE-FILLED GROUPS!!!

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