Obama orders review of military equipment sales to police

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obamaWashington (CNN) — President Barack Obama has ordered a review of programs allowing for state and local enforcement to buy military equipment, a senior administration official said Saturday.

The decision follows public criticism of the use of such assets recently in Ferguson, Missouri.

The review will touch on several points, including

— Whether such programs and funding are appropriate;

— Whether state and local enforcement agencies have the necessary training and guidance after getting such equipment;

— Whether the federal government is sufficiently auditing the use of equipment obtained through federal programs and funding.

White House staff — including members of the Domestic Policy Council, the National Security Council and the Office of Management and Budget — will lead the review in coordination with Congress, according to the official.