State and local police may now use military equipment, as the Trump administration has announced that they will be reversing the Obama-era ban that was implemented during the Ferguson riots involving the Michael Brown case.
Implemented in 2015, the ban barred police from obtaining reserves of "armored vehicles, grenade launchers, armed aircraft, bayonets and guns and ammunition of .50 caliber or higher," a ban that Attorney General Jeff Sessions says went too far.
“Those restrictions went too far,” Sessions said Monday. “We will not put superficial concerns above public safety. 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.”
He echoed Trump's promise to be the "law and order" candidate.
“[Trump] is doing all he can to restore law and order and support our police across America" and "make it easier to protect yourselves and your communities.”
“We back the blue,” he exclaimed.
FOP president Chuck Canterbury said the move will help increase police safety.
“The previous administration was more concerned about the image of law enforcement being too ‘militarized’ than they were about our safety,” Canterbury said.