Obama moves to demilitarize US cops

US President Barack Obama meets with youth and law enforcement from the Camden community in Camden, New Jersey, on May 18, 2015President Barack Obama barred police from using tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers and large-caliber firearms, in response to accusations that US law enforcement has become too militarized. After controversy over the policing of high-profile protests in Baltimore, Maryland and Ferguson, Missouri, Obama said communities should not feel there is an “occupying force” in their neighborhood. Each of the demonstrations were met with police deployments, which Obama agreed appeared more like a military style operation — with tactical units in full combat gear atop armored personnel carriers. Obama’s measures would bar the purchase of some military uniforms, firearms of .50 caliber or greater, grenade launchers and bayonets.

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