Obama: 'Police shouldn't be seen as occupying force'
"We've seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like there's an occupying force as opposed to a force that's part of the community that's protecting them and serving them," Obama had said while enforcing his directive.
"It can alienate and intimidate local residents and send the wrong message," he had added.
Trump administration felt Obama's restrictions "went too far"
The current Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Obama's restrictions "went too far" and that the Trump administration wouldn't "allow criminal activity, violence and lawlessness to become the new normal."
"The executive order... will ensure that you can get the lifesaving gear that you need to do your job," he told a meeting of police officers in Nashville.