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Hillary Clinton Supports President Obama's Ban On Military-Style Gear In Police Departments

| by Sean Kelly

Hillary Clinton voiced her support for President Obama’s announced ban of certain military-style equipment and weapons from local police departments, saying that such policies would remain intact if she was elected.

Following Obama’s trip to Camden, New Jersey, where he met with law enforcement to discuss police reform and announced his intention to ban “bayonets, camouflaged uniforms, grenade launchers, certain types of armored vehicles, firearms of .50-caliber or larger and weaponized vehicles” from local police forces, according to the Huffington Post, a spokesperson for Clinton released a statement saying that the 2016 presidential candidate and former Secretary of State was “supportive of the recommendations and of the need for reform.”

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Clinton has voiced her support for police reform since beginning her campaign, supporting the same steps that President Obama took this week.

“We can start by making sure that federal funds for state and local law enforcement are used to bolster best practices, rather than to buy weapons of war that have no place on our streets,” she said in a speech last month following the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

“President Obama's task force on policing gives us a good place to start," Clinton stated. "Its recommendations offer a roadmap for reform, from training to technology, guided by more and better data.

“We have to come to terms with some hard truths about race and justice in America,” she added. “We have allowed our criminal justice system to get out of balance and these recent tragedies should galvanize us to come together as a nation to find out balance against."

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Sources: Huffington Post, CNN

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