Posted by Jack
WASHINGTON — In an unexpected move, President Barack Obama on Monday will ban the federal government from providing certain military equipment to police departments.
Effective immediately, the government will no longer provide local law enforcement with armored vehicles, grenade launchers and bayonets. Other items like explosives and riot equipment will be transferred to police only if they provide additional certification and assurances that the gear will be used responsibly.
The changes stem from recommendations made to the president in a new report produced by a White House working group. Obama created the task force earlier this year via executive order.
From Jack….. I’ve always had a problem with cops wearing combat uniforms while policing our Halloween revelers in downtown Chico. That seems a bit much, but it only happens once a year, so I suppose its not that bad in the grand scheme of things.
Now that being said, past riots in Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berkeley, etc., often require a serious police response. That response could mean officers in battle dress to armored vehicles with fire hoses. Let me be clear…I’m not talking about cops using army surplus bayonets. I’ve never heard of a department requesting bayonets. (Obama scare tactic?) I’m just talking about helpful surplus gear that are tools used by police in extreme situations.
However, for the President of the United States to insert himself in local management, to get between a Chief of Police and the situations cops face and basically tell them how to do their business…well, that’s foolishly wrong.
That surplus military equipment program for police was an asset, especially for departments on a small budget. They made good use of that expensive equipment that otherwise would have been scrapped. My department once received 30 perfectly good military gas masks that we otherwise could not afford.
Bottom line: That surplus military equipment ought to be used if its needed, after all, we paid for it. Obama has gone to far again and overreacted.
He’s the worst President ever and I can’t wait to see him gone.