Monday, January 19, 2015

Obama working group to tighten standards for police access to military equipment

President Barack Obama has ordered the creation of a new federal working group to recommend tighter standards on providing military-style equipment to local police departments, reported the New York Times.
The order was part of Mr. Obama’s response to racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo., that followed the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, and the heavily militarized posture police used in the days afterward to confront riots and protests over the killing.
In an executive order, President Obama said the group would be jointly led by the secretary of defense, the attorney general and the secretary of homeland security. It is tasked with ensuring that law enforcement agencies that acquire the equipment — including firearms and tactical vehicles — are properly trained to use it, and that they comply with civil rights requirements.
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