The nation's police and sheriffs are applauding President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for reversing former President Obama's ban on delivering surplus military equipment to state and local law enforcement.
"We applaud the @POTUS's actions, and we are encouraged to see him acting on this important issue that we have vocally advocated for." https://t.co/Kz3Owf7Ioc— Nat Sheriffs' Assoc. (@NationalSheriff) August 28, 2017
"Across the country we have seen how valuable this equipment has been to local law enforcement from San Bernardino to Orlando in fighting terrorism but also by saving lives in floods in South Carolina and snow storms in North Dakota, just to name a few," said the National Sheriffs' Association.
"By reinstating this program the president will provide more resources to local law enforcement to keep their communities safe without any additional cost to the taxpayer. This has been a top priority for America's Sheriffs, so we praise President Trump and Attorney General Sessions for delivering on this important initiative," it said after Sessions announced Trump's plan to kill an Obama executive order putting the ban in place.
The Fraternal Order of Police agreed. "As a candidate for president, Mr. Trump pledged to rescind these restrictions and Attorney General Sessions delivered on that promise today," said the group. Sessions announced the change at a speech to the FOP.
Obama placed the ban after receiving complaints about the military equipment being used in the Ferguson, Mo., riots in August 2014.
The FOP hit that decision on Monday. "The previous administration was more concerned about the image of law enforcement being too ‘militarized' than they were about safety," said FOP.
#BREAKING FOP statement on AG Sessions announcement of new EO by @POTUS @realDonaldTrump that will restore access to equip programs #FOP17 pic.twitter.com/W3X0xUwvYX— National FOP (@GLFOP) August 28, 2017
Added the sheriffs in their statement:
The equipment sheriffs receive through this program include equipment they could not otherwise afford including additional bullet-proof vests and Kevlar helmets, upgraded safety equipment, as well as larger equipment such as helicopters and robotics.
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