Somewhere between “better late than never” and “it’s about damn time,” is the political attention being paid to the militarization of police in the United States. First, a Georgia Democrat drafted legislation to check the number and types of Pentagon toys being shipped off to the raging battle zone in Podunk, Minnesota, where I understand the squirrels are positively lethal. Now, President Obama has announced on Saturday that he will order a review of all the programs allowing for state and local law enforcement to buy military equipment.
The information comes from a senior administration official, who said that the decision will follow the public criticism of the deployment of such high-tech toys in Ferguson, Missouri.
According to the unnamed official, the review is going to touch on several points, among which include:
– Whether such programs and funding are appropriate;
– Whether state and local enforcement agencies have the necessary training and guidance after getting such equipment;
– Whether the federal government is sufficiently auditing the use of equipment obtained through federal programs and funding.
The review will be led by White House staff, which includes members of the Domestic Party Council, the National Security Council, and the Office of Management and Budget.
More from AATTP about police…
- The Constitution is Dead in Ferguson, Police Say They Will Continue Arresting Journalists
- After Michael Brown: Miami Dade Police to Outfit Body Cameras
h/t My Fox 8