THE BRONX - President Barack Obama is making headlines after deciding not to federally fund military weapons for police departments. 

In the wake of heated protests and escalating tensions between communities and police nationwide, News 12 talked to Bronx residents about whether they think officers should have military-style weapons. 

Many think it would exacerbate the situation, but others say cops need to have the right equipment to protect themselves and civilians. 

The ban is one step in Obama's broader initiative to build trust between communities and the police.