WH To Review Military Transfers to Cops

    Police officers keep watch while demonstrators (not pictured) protest the death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 12, 2014. Police said Brown, 18, was shot in a struggle with a gun in a police car but have not said why Brown was in the car. At least one shot was fired during the struggle and then the officer fired more shots before leaving the car, police said. But a witness to the shooting interviewed on local media has said that Brown had been putting his hands up to surrender when he was killed. The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the racially charged case and St. Louis County also is investigating.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4284I

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    President Barack Obama on Saturday ordered a comprehensive review of the federal governments strategy of kitting out local police foces with military-grade equipment, such as body armor, mine-resistant vehicles, silencers and automatic rifles, senior officals say. The review will determine whether the 10-year program of providing such equipment should continue after the clashes in Ferguson, Mo., which erupted after Darren Wilson, a white cop, shot Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed African-American youth to death on Aug. 9. Images of unarmed protestors facing down heavily armored police officers were often compared to images from Baghdad, and the White House will determine if local officials have proper training for the equipment and are using it appropriately, senior officials said. The review, along with proposed legislation, could change Washington's approach in arming local police forces.

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