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Order to return armored vehicles met with criticism

Associated Press

Mount Clemens — Some officials are criticizing an order to return armored military vehicles to the federal government.

Following an executive order from President Barack Obama earlier this year, the sheriff’s departments in Macomb and Oakland counties must return the tracked armored personnel carriers to the Defense Department. Their deadline is early next month.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, who was county sheriff when the carrier was donated in 2004, tells The Macomb Daily officers now could be put in harm’s way.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard tells The Oakland Press the recall is shortsighted. His department also must return a dozen bayonets used for ceremonial purposes.

Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement in an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities.