As Twitchy reported, an alleged attempt to rebuild trust between police and the communities they serve has resulted in a new executive order that adds additional controls or bans outright certain equipment that “militarizes” police departments. Not surprisingly, the order has its fans.
David Limbaugh sees President Obama’s executive order as wish fulfillment for ’60s radicals who now serve in positions of power.
Also concerned by the administration’s desire to emasculate law enforcement: the Fraternal Order of Police, which issued a brief statement, which reads in part:
The FOP was very disappointed that the “controlled” equipment list identified protective gear like anti-ballistic shields and helmets as well as armored vehicles, as this will make these defensive purchases much more difficult to obtain. Similarly, some less than lethal technologies have also been put on the “controlled” equipment list.
A quick glance at the litany of organizations that were contacted by the Working Group shows very clearly that the input and feedback provided by the Fraternal Order of Police and other law enforcement groups was drowned out as the changes announced today are not in line with our positions on these programs.
All of us know that this issue is not really about equipment. We ought not to be distracted by thinking the problem is with the types of equipment or how the equipment is procured. Instead, we need to focus on better command decision-making at the local and State level with respect to how and when the equipment is deployed in the field. This, and of course appropriate training for the officers who are directed to use the equipment, is critical.
A quick glance at the list of stakeholders engaged does show an awfully long list of groups consulted, including the ACLU, NAACP, Human Rights Watch, the Center for Policing Equity and many more.