donald trump spoke at the annual national peace officers’ memorial event in d.c. yesterday, and managed to say several things that weren’t true, though one claim in particular stood out for me.for example. the president focused some attention on deceased border patrol agent, rogelio martinez, but he echoed several dubious claims that are popular in conservative media, which aren’t necessarily bolstered by the evidence. trump also spoke about law-enforcement fatalities in a way that painted a misleading picture.but what struck me as especially notable was the republican’s assertion that his administration is “allowing local police to access the surplus military equipment they need to protect our officers and law enforcement agents and save their lives.” he added, “and they are taking equipment at a record clip.”is that true? actually, no. usa today had an interesting report on this about a month ago, pointing to data that shows the opposite of what the president claimed yesterday.the amount of surplus military equipment sent to local police departments across the nation has sharply declined in recent months despite an executive order president trump signed that was intended to increase those transfers, a usa today analysis has found.shipments of military gear in the first three months of 2018 fell by half compared with the same period last year, department of defense data show. the amount of armored vehicles, high-caliber rifles and other equipment measured by ...