‘Looking to ensure the trust of the community’: LAPD says ‘no thanks’ to Trump offer of military hardware
President Donald Trump intends to roll back Obama-era restrictions of police departments using repurposed military equipment — but at least one department has declined the offer.
According to LAist, the Los Angeles Police Department said they plan to continue following the 2014 order put in place by President Barack Obama that limits police use of old military gear.
LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein told the SCPR radio station that the department intends to “replenish and replace anything that we have that already complies with the old Obama executive order,” which includes “helmets, armored plating for police cars and night vision goggles.”
Rubeinstein added that the LAPD is “always looking at ways to enhance safety for our officers” and wants to “ensure the trust of the community.” He compared the equipment the department has gotten so far to “camping gear.”
The equipment that will become available to police department “could include grenade launchers, bayonets, and large-caliber weapons,” LAist noted.