Today, Trump reversed an Obama-administration policy, and is now allowing the American military to give surplus military gear to local police forces.
When the American military receives equipment and supplies, they go through extensive training on how to safely and effectively use the gear to maximize results. When local police forces are given surplus military equipment, it does not come with a Users Manual.
Do local police forces really need armored vehicles? Grenade launchers? Camouflage uniforms? High-caliber weapons?
The use of military equipment by local police forces does not make us any safer. It makes us look like a militarized society, on the brink of martial law. The police have plenty of tools they need to safely and effectively do their jobs. Let’s leave the military gear where it belongs – with the military.