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White House reverses Obama ban on police getting military equipment


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The Trump administration is lifting a controversial ban on the transfer of surplus military equipment to state and local police departments, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday.
President Trump will sign an executive order Monday reinstating the Pentagon program, Sessions said.
Former President Obama put a halt to the so-called 1033 program in 2015 after images of heavily-armed police responding to rioting in Ferguson, Mo., shocked the nation.
Obama's initiatives blocked the transfer of armored vehicles, grenade launchers, armed aircraft, bayonets, and guns and ammunition of .50 caliber or higher.:snip:

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