TRUMP EXPECTED TO LIFT BAN ON MILITARY GEAR TO COPS

THE PROGRAM WAS EXPANDED IN 1997 TO INCLUDE ALL LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COUNTER-TERRORISM.

SINCE THEN, ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT, MORE THAN 5 BILLION IN GEAR HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

"We've seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like they're an occupying force, as opposed to a force that's part of the community that's protecting them and serving them," Obama said ...

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to lift a controversial ban on the transfer of some surplus military equipment to police departments whose battlefield-style response to rioting in a St. Louis suburb...

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