The Trump administration on Monday reversed an Obama-era policy that banned police from being able to use military combat gear such as armored vehicles and grenade launchers.
According to an NBC News report, the policy was first instated by the Obama administration following the protests against police violence in Ferguson, Missouri, saying that the armored vehicles only ignited tension.
But, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that he believes the police will be in danger if they do not have military equipment to protect themselves.
“One sheriff told me earlier this year about how, due to the prior administration’s restrictions, the federal government made his department return an armored vehicle that can change the dynamics of an active shooter situation,” he said.
But Sessions comments were soon shut down by Janai Nelson, the NAACP Legal Defense fund’s associate general counsel, who said that the police department should be concerned about serving and protecting communities, they should not see themselves as military occupiers.
“[This change] puts more firepower in the hands of police departments that remain largely untrained on matters of racial bias and endangers the public,” he said. “Inviting the use of military weaponry against our domestic population is nothing short of recasting the public as an enemy.”
This just adds to the Trump administration promoting police violence. It’s no surprise that they would reverse the policy.