Sheriff's association head calls for President to return military equipment

Published: Dec. 16, 2015 at 4:40 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 26, 2015 at 4:46 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The National Sheriff's Association CEO and executive director has called on the President to stop the removal of surplus military equipment from communities and return equipment already taken.

Jonathan Thompson said today at least 12 sheriff's offices have had equipment seized by the federal government because, according to the President, it might "intimidate local residents."

Dozens more are expected to have equipment taken under Obama's executive order 13688, Thompson said.

"As domestic terrorism attacks in San Bernardino, Colorado Springs, Charleston, Chattanooga and yesterday's Los Angeles school system cancellation have shown, we must remain vigilant and our communities must have all assets ready and available during this challenging time in our nation's history," he said.

"Without these items, our communities are less safe. The President must immediately return the equipment already seized and stop this maddening and dangerous order."

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