Speaking to a group of law enforcement officials in Nashville, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday announced a move to curtail an Obama-era policy that will allow local agencies to once again obtain certain surplus mry equipment. Sessions' announcement, which was made at a gathering of the national Fraternal Order of Police at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, was widely expected, as first reported by USA Today over the weekend.The surplus sharing program — known as the "1033 program" — was created by Congress in the 1980s as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It allowed the federal government to transfer mary equipment, ranging from small ams to aft, to local law enforcement agencies President Barack Obama curtailed the surplus program through an executive order in May 2015 after public outcry over police use of m gear in response to the protests in Fson, Mo., following the deh of Micn.The 18-year-old Brown, who was unarmed, was shot by Darren Wilson, a police officer who was not charged by a grand jury. Armored vehicles, rgear and tg s were used by police to respond to the protesters.
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