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Obama Announces Restrictions On Distribution Of Military Weapons To Police

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AFRICANGLOBE - President Obama is banning local police departments from receiving a range of military-style equipment from the federal government -- from grenade launchers to bayonets to certain armored vehicles -- as he implements the recommendations of a panel that examined the controversial gear giveaways in the wake of the paramilitary crackdown on Ferguson.

Obama’s Paramilitary Police: The “War On Terror” Comes Home

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AFRICANGLOB - With every passing year, the line between the police and the military becomes increasingly blurred, as police are outfitted with gear that in many cases comes straight from a battlefield. The use of paramilitary SWAT teams has grown exponentially in recent decades, with police—wearing battle armor and toting assault rifles—carrying out tasks such as serving search warrants. SWAT raids, accompanied by wanton violence and the destruction of property, have become standard operating procedure.
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