Political reverse psychology



President Obama banned federal provision of military-style equipment to local law enforcement. (Police departments can still buy military-style gear from private vendors.)

The militarization of local police was questioned last year when the Ferguson Police Department used full body armor and armored trucks to confront a protest by day riot by night problem.

When did the police become militarized?

After 9/11 the federal government expanded its capability to provide local police with non-civilian hardware in case of emergency.  This action coincided with all other government efforts to restore a sense of security to a public traumatized by terror.

What was the executive reason for the ban?  Was it because the public overcame their fear of terror?

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