According to a new plan unveiled on Monday by the Trump administration, there will be a roll back on limits placed by the Obama administration on a questionable program which supplies law enforcement agencies with military gear.
In 2015, President Barack Obama passed an executive order banning the transfer of a number of military equipment, including grenade launchers, armored vehicles and high-caliber weapons.
During this time Obama said, “We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a 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. It can alienate and intimidate local residents and send the wrong message.”
According to a CNN report, Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised the attendees of the Fraternal Order of Police in Nashville, Tennessee, that the president will be signing the new executive order on Monday.
“(W)e are fighting a multi-front battle: an increase in violent crime, a rise in vicious gangs, an opioid epidemic, threats from terrorism, combined with a culture in which family and discipline seem to be eroding further and a disturbing disrespect for the rule of law,” Sessions told an audience of predominantly law enforcement officials.
“The executive order the President will sign today will ensure that you can get the lifesaving gear that you need to do your job and send a strong message that we will not allow criminal activity, violence and lawlessness to become a new normal,” Sessions added.