Trump wants to lift ban on giving military equipment to police: report

The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to lift a controversial ban on the transfer of surplus battlefield military equipment to U.S. police departments.

The new plan, outlined in documents obtained by USA Today, would roll back an Obama administration executive order issued in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo., riots, that blocked armored vehicles, large-caliber weapons, certain ammunition, bayonets, grenade launchers and other heavy equipment from being re-purposed into police force inventory.

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to address the annual meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest police union. He may announce program changes then.

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