Reversing the policy is yet another Trump administration decision based on alternative facts.
Over 200 law enforcement agencies across the country have the same technology Dallas officers used to kill Micah Johnson.
While I'm encouraged that my recommendations are a part of President Obama's recent executive order on this issue, including banning the free transfer of certain military-grade equipment and imposing strict oversight and transparency measures, we cannot stop advocating for comprehensive reform.
Yesterday's Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration provided supporters of the House GOP's Homeland Security bill an opportunity to demonstrate a need for granting local officers whose duties include "border security activities" priority access to the DOD's free transfer program. Instead, the GOP demonstrated no actual need and tried to censor me when I pointed this out.
Local law enforcement agencies are eligible to receive surplus military equipment through the Department of Defense's Execess
In a fundamentally misguided effort to stop Americans from using drugs in the 1990s, Congress allowed the DOD to provide surplus military equipment -- often from warzones overseas -- to local police for free. To date, more than $5 billion in this equipment has been transferred.
The time is now to change the way we police America before hundreds of thousands of more pieces of military gear go to main streets across America. The face of America is changing quickly. Let's make sure it's not for the worse.
"Knowing that even much less lethal weapons like Tasers and pepper spray have been egregiously misused in Texas, we were
As for the military-style vehicles, Ohio State University said it used its vehicle primarily as emergency transportation
The military mission is to confront and kill a defined enemy. The peace officer has no enemies. His or her mission is to protect the community and everyone within it. No matter what crime they may have committed, all are entitled to the protections of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and due process.
Fusion has learned that 184 state and local police departments have been suspended from the Pentagon's "1033 program" for
Far from being a shining example of democracy at work, we have become a lesson for the world in how quickly freedom turns to tyranny, how slippery the slope by which a once-freedom-loving people can be branded, shackled and fooled into believing that their prisons walls are, in fact, for their own protection.
The federal government has also provided grants to local police departments that have allowed them to buy billions of dollars
While recycling unused military equipment might sound thrifty and practical, the ramifications are proving to be far more dangerous and deadly.