President Obama's ban on state and local police getting better equipment to protect themselves has finally been reversed by the Trump administration by way of executive order, according to an announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday.
President Obama's ban on the Pentagon 1033 program were put in place as a response to the alleged "controversy" in Ferguson, Mo., where an on-duty cop shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teen who attempted to attack the police officer. The controversy stemmed from Brown's friend lying that Brown had his hands up while yelling "don't shoot" before being killed. A panel of witnesses would later corroborate the cop's testimony of events, verifying Brown's friend as a liar.
However, that did not stop the MSM from pushing the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" narrative for as long as they could, and when that failed to gain steam, they then ran with the libertarian notion that police in Ferguson were too heavily armed with military equipment. Sen. Rand Paul joined right in with them and called on Obama to "demilitarize the police."
The political correctness led Obama to block the military transfer of "armored vehicles, grenade launchers, armed aircraft, bayonets and guns and ammunition of .50 caliber or higher."
On Monday, Sessions said the restrictions were too much.
“Those restrictions went too far,” Sessions said Monday. “We will not put superficial concerns above public safety. All you need to do is turn on a TV right now to see that for Houstonians this isn’t about appearances, it's about getting the job done and getting everyone to safety.”
He echoed Trump's promise to be the "law and order" candidate.
“He is doing all he can to restore law and order and support our police across America,” Sessions promised the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) on Monday, promising them to “make it easier to protect yourselves and your communities.”
“We back the blue,” he said, prompting applause.
The 1033 program was established in the 1980s as part of the war on drugs and was expanded in 1997 to help police departments in counterterrorism. Not only does it provide the police with adequate defense against rioters, but it also repurposes military equipment that taxpayers already funded.
FOP president Chuck Canterbury celebrated the Trump reversal in a Monday statement that painted Obama's ban as a mere PR campaign that did nothing to help law enforcement do their job.
“The previous administration was more concerned about the image of law enforcement being too ‘militarized’ than they were about our safety,” Canterbury said.