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Obama limits transfer of military equipment to police departments
Obama limits transfer of military equipment to police departments

President Barack Obama ordered the federal government Monday to stop distributing a limited inventory of military equipment to local law enforcement agencies across the country because, he said, it makes police seem like an "occupying force" instead of public servants. Speaking to a crowd in Camden, N.J., Obama argued that the heavy use of war-zone equipment gives people the wrong impression about the role of police and fuels a sense of fear and anger. "We've seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like there's an occupying force, as opposed to a force that's part of the community that's protecting them and serving them,"...

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