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Washington Post: Obama administration bans some military-style assault gear from local police departments

The Obama administration announced Monday it will ban federal transfers of certain types of military-style gear to local police departments, as the president seeks to respond to a spate of incidents that has frayed trust in communities across the country.

The banned items are tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, ammunition of .50-caliber or higher and some types of camouflage uniforms, according to a report released by a White House working group that made the recommendations. Other equipment, including tactical vehicles, explosives and riot equipment, will be transferred only if local police provide additional certification and assurances that the gear will be used responsibly, according to the report.

Community members "have voiced concerns about what has been described as the 'militarization' of law enforcement due to the types of equipment" that is deployed, the report stated.

WNU Editor: Bayonets? Grenade launchers? Weaponized Aircraft? Yup .... this is overkill.

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