U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference after hosting the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council in Maryland

Obama to set new limits on police use of military equipment

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference after hosting the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council in MarylandBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama plans to put in place new restrictions on the use of military equipment by police departments, following unrest in U.S. cities over the deaths of black men at the hands of police officers, the White House said on Monday. Obama will ban police use of equipment such as explosive-resistant vehicles with tracked wheels like those seen on army tanks, the White House said in a fact sheet. Obama will announce the steps, which are the result of an executive order, during a visit later on Monday to Camden, New Jersey, where he plans to push efforts to encourage trust-building between police and the communities they serve. The fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer in August was followed by a string of highly publicized fatal encounters between police and black men, including Walter Scott who was shot by an officer while fleeing the scene of a traffic stop in North Charleston, South Carolina.

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