Police violence and US budgets have come into sharp focus in the aftermath of George Floyd 's death. In the midst of the demonstrations that have shaken the nation over the past fortnight, the topic of police militarization has also come back into the spotlight. It was also widely discussed in Ferguson's aftermath as mine-resistant vehicles and heavily armed officers emerged on the streets.
That prompted President Obama to reduce U.S. law enforcement militarization by signing Executive Order 13688 in May 2015 which restricted and prohibited certain types of equipment. President Trump rolled back that executive order in August 2017, allowing police departments to re-acquire military items.
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