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Trump Reverses Executive Order, Increasing Police Militarization

By Mason Mohon | USA

In 2015, former president Barack Obama issued an executive order that prohibited the transfer of military equipment, including armored vehicles, grenade launchers, and high caliber weapons from falling into the hands of state and local police forces. He did this in response to the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, because he believed it was experiencing an over-militarization of police.

Now, the Trump administration is going to unveil a new plan Monday that will reverse this executive order and roll back the limits of a controversial program that provides military gear to local and state police forces. This story was reported on first by USA today.

This action will be likely to worry organizations against the expansion of the police state, such as Black Lives Matter and libertarian groups against police militarization.

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