Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions have just undone limitations on a program that unloads old war weaponry on domestic police departments -- a program that allows more of our money to be spent on newer weaponry for more wars, while allowing local police to suppress protests and restrict First Amendment rights through intimidation.
As a result, through this and other programs local police may obtain grenade launchers, tanks, armored mine-resistant vehicles, weaponized aircraft, rifles, body armor, and other weaponry of war. Combined with war training by such entities as the Department of Homeland Security and the Israeli military (yes, the Israeli military has trained numerous U.S. police departments), these armaments prepare police to attack those they are charged with protecting.
Click here to tell the U.S. Congress to de-militarize police.
Trump's militarization of police goes beyond his prioritization of hiring war veterans as police officers. His pardoning of a sheriff for the crime of racist targeting and his reinstatement of civil asset forfeiture (allowing police to seize cash and property) send a message that police brutality and aggression can be expanded.
In Britain, Ireland, Norway, Iceland and New Zealand most police do not carry guns. Many police in many other countries do not carry guns. The role of police should be to de-escalate violence, not to escalate it.
Click here to sign a petition we can deliver to Congress insisting that police not be provided any weapons of war or war training.
With a half dozen U.S. wars raging overseas at any given time, intentionally bringing war home is the last thing we should be doing.
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> Hank Johnson, The Guardian: President Trump Is Giving Police Forces Weapons of War. This Is Dangerous.
> White House: Executive Order
> Tennessean: Jeff Sessions in Nashville outlines plan to send surplus military weapons, equipment to local police
> Washington Post: 5 countries where most police officers do not carry firearms — and it works well
> Deadly Exchange