Stop Turning Police Into Soldiers
Decades of militarization of our police forces have led to our local police looking more like an occupying army than a community-based regulatory arm of state and local governments. Please reach out to your representative to request that they cosponsor the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act of 2021, H.R. 1694, which was recently introduced by Representative Hank Johnson.
This bill, which was introduced with 75 original cosponsors and supported by 50 organizations, including ours, would end transfers of certain military equipment to local law enforcement, including weaponized drones, long-range acoustic devices, grenade launchers, armored military vehicles, and grenades. These weapons of war have no place in America's towns and cities, and there is no valid reason for police to deploy them.