Obama to Restrict Military Sales to Police Agencies

In a very welcome move, President Obama is forbidding the sale of some types of military equipment to local police departments and placing restrictions on the sale of some other types of equipment. This is the first time in a long time that anything was done to reduce the militarization of our civilian police departments.

The federal government will no longer provide heavy military equipment like tanks and grenade launchers to local cops following weeks of backlash against officers who confronted protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, in armored vehicles and camouflage last year, President Barack Obama said Monday.

And if they want other, less-imposing military equipment, local law enforcement agencies will have to submit to stringent federal oversight and restrictions, according to the White House.

“We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people the feeling like there’s an occupying force — as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them,” the president said Monday, adding that such gear “can alienate and intimidate residents and make them feel scared.”…

The president said a community task force on policing that the White House convened suggested restricting providing military-style equipment to local law enforcement from the federal government. The recommendations also included enhanced officer training, improving the use of body cameras and other technologies.

A step in the right direction, though much more needs to be done. The federal subsidies that allow local police departments to buy surplus military equipment need to be ended completely, but that would require congressional action. I’ll be amused to see how some of the far-right paranoiacs like Glenn Beck handle this. They’ve been screaming about how the protests in Baltimore and Ferguson were ginned up by Obama to justify a federal takeover of local police to turn them into Obama’s soldiers. I’m sure they’ll manage to integrate this new policy with it somehow. Being a conspiracy theorist means never being wrong. All new information can be made to support the conspiracy.

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  • garnetstar

    Because what it takes to stop a bad guy with a gun is good guys with grenade launchers.

  • bmiller

    This is all part of OSAMA’S Secret Muslim Communist Atheist Plan.

    When the ISIS Training Camp is activated in Texas, the swarthy Ay-rabs will combine with the compromised troops, Obama’s Praetorian Guard, to run Troo Bloo American Cities like WACO and MIDLAND into Caliphate redoubts! And the poor local police forces, reduced to tasers and 22s, will be powerless to stop them!


  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    First, Obama buys all the bullets, leaving be none left for our police, and now he’s taking away the shield that protects the Thin Blue Line! What next? Will he force them to just give their money to Urban (*wink wink*) layabouts for sub-prime mortgages?

  • busterggi

    Yes and Michael Savage & Mark Levin are already proclaiming this as ‘proof’ that Obama is disarming the police so they can’t stop the military from taking over the country.

    Hell, the MIC took over the country decades ago,

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    “We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people the feeling like there’s an occupying force — as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them,”

    Those silly feelings.