Restriction of Distribution of Military Equipment to Police

Recent events in Ferguson, Baltimore and New York City have led to protests and riots, some of which became violent and led to an equally violent response from police officers.
President Obama is restricting the distribution of military style equipment to local police departments.
The president has announced a list of banned and restricted military surplus equipment that had been going to local police departments, saying they’ve become excessive and only adds fuel to any already emotionally charged situation.
“We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like there is an occupying force as opposed to a force that is part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them,” President Obama said.
But here on the Gulf Coast, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell and other law enforcement leaders say that military style equipment is used to help navigate during flash floods and hurricanes.
“You can put people in there in case you had to rescue somebody or it’s got the big bumper on it and things like that, to push stuff out of the road,” Sheriff Ezell said.
Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara says he was looking to get more of these trucks to station around the count during the severe weather. But Sheriff Ezell says if the weather, or criminal activity, gets to an unsafe point, the governor will call a state of emergency and bring reinforcements in.
In the meantime, Ezell and other leaders will continue pushing for stronger community ties between citizens and police.
The ban on armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, camouflage and large caliber weapons and ammunition is effective immediately.

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