The Obama administration announced a ban on the sale of some military-style equipment to local law enforcement agencies earlier this week. Additionally, the administration is looking to implement “softer uniforms” for police.
Local police departments are now prohibited from purchasing tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, and large caliber weapons and ammunition. They will also face limits on other federal equipment, including explosives, riot equipment, and wheeled armored or tactical vehicles.
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the largest law enforcement union in the United States, lambasted the administration for the move.
“The FOP was very disappointed that the ‘controlled’ equipment list identified protective gear like anti-ballistic shields and helmets as well as armored vehicles, as this will make these defensive purchases much more difficult to obtain,” an FOP statement said. “Similarly, some less than lethal technologies have also been put on the ‘controlled’ equipment list.”
All of us know that this issue is not really about equipment. We ought not to be distracted by thinking the problem is with the types of equipment or how the equipment is procured.
Instead, we need to focus on better command decision-making at the local and State level with respect to how and when the equipment is deployed in the field. This, and of course appropriate training for the officers who are directed to use the equipment, is critical.
Speaking on The Kelly File Thursday, Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade pointed out the administration also wants “softer uniforms” for police officers.
“They’re concerned about the helmet. They’re concerned about the shield. It’s sending the wrong message,” Kilmeade said. “I used to think from the civilian point of view that that would be a reason not to riot, because the police were ready and ready to act.”
Kilmeade also told Kelly that if he were a police officer today, he would not show up to the next riot.
h/t: Fox News
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