Politics Trump Falsely Claimed That Transfers of Military Gear to Police Departments Are ‘At a Record Clip’

21:11  16 may  2018
21:11  16 may  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

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Transfers of surplus equipment have declined — not increased — under President Trump . And they are taking equipment at a record clip . Millions and millions of dollars of surplus equipment is going to our police departments .

National police organizations have long been pushing Trump to hold to his promise to once again make the equipment available to local and state police departments , many of which see it as needed to ensure officers aren't put in danger when responding to active shooter calls and terrorist attacks.

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WHAT WAS SAID

That is why, as I promised all along — that we are allowing local police to access the surplus military equipment they need to protect our officers and law enforcement agents and save their lives. And they are taking equipment at a record clip. Millions and millions of dollars of surplus equipment is going to our police departments.

— President Trump, in remarks on Tuesday at the National Peace Officer’s Memorial Service

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THE FACTS

False.

Mr. Trump is referring to the Pentagon’s so-called 1033 program, which has been sending excess military equipment to the police since the 1990s.

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Trump executive order fails to boost flow of military gear to local police departments . The amount of military gear sent to local police has declined this year despite an order President Trump signed to expand the transfers , a USA TODAY analysis has found.

The Trump administration is lifting limits on the transfer of some surplus military hardware, including grenade launchers, bayonets and large-caliber weapons, to police departments . White House Ban On Militarized Gear For Police May Mean Little.

In 2014, the shooting death of Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., sparked a nationwide debate on the use of police force and the militarization of law enforcement across the United States.

The next year, the Obama administration prohibited local police departments from obtaining track armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft grenade launchers and bayonets, among other weapons, at the recommendation of a task force it assembled after the Ferguson protests.

Mr. Trump reversed those restrictions last August. But the weapons transfers have slowed under his watch — far from rising to a “record clip.”

Data provided to The New York Times by the Defense Logistics Agency, which oversees the transfers, shows that so far in the 2018 fiscal year, law enforcement agencies received a monthly average of $14 million worth of military supplies. In the 2017 fiscal year — which included several months of the Obama presidency — that number was about $42 million worth of supplies per month.

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Washington, DC — Last August, the Trump administration lifted a ban on military surplus hardware being transferred to police departments across the United States. WATCH: Raging Cop Nearly Shoots Innocent Man, Falsely Accusing Him of Stealing Candy.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday issued an executive order revoking limits imposed by predecessor Barack Obama on the transfer of surplus military equipment to After a review, Obama barred the military from transferring certain types of equipment to police or sheriff’s departments

The monthly average was even higher in the 2016 fiscal year at $43 million, and peaked at $82 million in the 2014 fiscal year.

Peter Tyler, a senior policy analyst with the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, said the amounts have been decreasing under Mr. Trump because the number of weapons transfers fluctuate yearly, as a result of both supply and demand.

“It’s not Walmart. It’s surplus,” he said. For example, he said, if police departments request costly items like helicopters or truck tractors one year, they probably won’t request them again the next year — leading the transfer numbers to decline.

A USA Today analysis that focused exclusively on demilitarized supplies like rifles and trucks and omitted other goods like radios and jackets, found similar results: Transfers have declined under Mr. Trump.

Sources: Defense Logistics Agency, Interview with Peter Tyler

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