Trump reportedly wants to give cops back their military gear
At this point, President* Donald Trump is essentially the antithesis of his predecessor. The public collectively wondered how we even got here after police officers were seen marching through the streets of Ferguson, Mo. As a result, many of those departments lost their military gear and armored tanks with a little help from President Obama.
Trump is looking to undo all of that.
The Associated Press reports that Trump plans to sign yet another executive order that will allow the government to send surplus military supplies to local police departments.
The documents they obtained state that “assets that would otherwise be scrapped can be repurposed to help state, local, and tribal law enforcement better protect public safety and reduce crime.”
This is one of Trump’s many campaign promises he’s hoping to capitalize on to ensure that he has the support of his base despite the many promises he hasn’t followed through on.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund commented that Trump lifting the ban that was put in place is dangerous, especially to people of color who will likely come into contact with the militarized police forces.
“Just a few summers ago, our nation watched as Ferguson raised the specter of increased police militarization. The law enforcement response there and in too many places across the country demonstrated how perilous, especially for Black and Brown communities, a militarized police force can be,” the LDF said.
“The President’s decision to make this change in the wake of the tragedy in Charlottesville and against a backdrop of frayed relations between police and communities of color further reflects this administration’s now open effort to escalate racial tensions in our country.”
Trump’s plan, if true, falls in line with the ideologies of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has a more than questionable record with communities of color and law enforcement controversies, respectively.