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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina’s largest city say they don’t need military equipment to do their jobs.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokesman Rob Tufano told local media Wednesday the city will not seek military gear available under an order this week by President Donald Trump.

Trump’s order Monday overturned an order by President Obama in 2015 that limited the kind of military equipment civilian police departments could receive from federal government. That came following the unrest that followed a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Tufano said the city sees no reason to obtain military equipment to do its job. Congress created a program in the 1990s to allow local governments to obtain surplus military equipment. Tufano said the city did participate in the 1990s but no longer uses military gear.


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  • Don Adkins

    These idiots wear more gear than soldiers in the field, can you say “scared little boys”. Need military gear go to Iraq, go play in the sandbox….oh I forgot you are too scared to.

  • 58thStreetSurfer

    As crazy, wlild, out of control as people are getting these days?

  • Beanomac Rules!

    Surplus is surplus.

  • guest45

    No police department in this country needs military gear period!

    • Heimie Schmelter

      You must never have attended an ANTIFA or BLM gathering…

    • 58thStreetSurfer

      Have you observed the actions of some of the rioters on the news recently? Bricks, rocks, broken bottles, pepper spray? And it will get worse as the MSM stirs up more and more anger.

      • guest45

        yes I have, and the more military gear you put on law enforcement the
        more you incite distrust with the public, the stronger the “us against
        them” attitude the police have, and the more the law feels like they
        have to run around in unmarked vehicles and act like secret agent men!

        you had all marked vehicles and uniforms on all law enforcement the
        shear number of police in sight all the time would be a big deterrent,
        and all the military gear in the world will not make a cop a soldier,
        just a wanna be.

        We have got to get our justice system behind
        the law enforcement, we need to weed out the bad cops and support the
        good ones, militarizing them is the wrong thing to do.

  • Heimie Schmelter

    That’s fine for you Tufano, but you’re only one “city” police station in NC where thousands exist. I doubt you can speak for the sheriffs office, the NCHP and for sure ANY of the other 99 counties that are in this state!
    Good news is getting harder and harder to come by these days….

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