On Monday, the Obama administration announced intentions to ban certain military-style assault weapons and gear from local police departments, in light of the numerous incidents of rioting and protests that occurred following incidents of police misconduct throughout the country.
According to a White House report, the items that were banned from police forces included tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, ammunition of .50 caliber or more, and certain types of camouflage uniforms. Other equipment, including explosives and riot gear, will reportedly only be made available to police departments if specific certifications and permissions are acquired.
“The idea is to make sure we strike the right balance of providing equipment that is appropriate and important, while at the same time put standards in place that give a clear reason for the transfer of that equipment, with clear training and safety provisions in place,” White House director of domestic policy Cecilia Munoz said.
The announcement came just before Obama’s planned trip to Camden, New Jersey, where he will meet with law enforcement and community members to discuss police department reform. The President outlined the important points of the speech he will give in Camden during his weekly address.
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“I'll highlight steps all cities can take to maintain trust between the brave law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line, and the communities they're sworn to serve and protect,” he said.
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