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Obama orders probe of police use of military hardware

Police advance through a cloud of tear gas toward demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 17, 2014President Barack Obama has ordered an investigation into whether it is “appropriate” for the US military to sell battle-grade hardware to local police, a senior US official said. Saturday’s order follows widespread criticism of local authorities’ use of military gear in Ferguson, Missouri after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Obama “has directed a review of federal programs and funding that enable state and local law enforcement to purchase military equipment.” The investigation will be headed by “White House staff including the Domestic Policy Council, the National Security Council, the Office of Management and Budget,” the official added.

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