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  • NET NEUTRALITY
  • WHISTLEBLOWERS
  • POLICE MILITARIZATION
Winning Issue » POLICE MILITARIZATION


In the 1980s, our nation’s police departments had a total of 3,000 Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams. Today, there are more than 51,000 of these elite units. Police administrators now regard SWAT teams as money-makers rather than costly budget-breakers as they did before they began receiving help from the Department of Defense (DoD). The DoD 1033 program is providing a substantial amount of funding and military equipment, arms, vehicles and training to local law enforcement agencies (LEA). This military equipment is often used for local drug busts. Opponents claim the current militarization of our police departments is an overreaction to 9/11. Since the 1990’s, more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies, from all states but Hawaii, have participated in this program. Recipients also include many college and university police departments. In 2013, most of the equipment transferred from federal sources to LEAs was fairly routine — office furniture, computers and other technological equipment, personal protective equipment and basic firearms. But about 4%, or 78,000 pieces, of the property provided to LEAs in 2013 was military equipment such as high powered weapons and tactical vehicles. To date, there have been about 460,000 pieces of military equipment transferred to LEAs across the country. Our Pentagon states this program is intended to help police combat terrorists and drug cartels. Critics disagree and say that, much of the time, SWAT teams are used against non-violent consensual drug offenders. They are also concerned some police departments are using military equipment and tactics for routine duties such as crowd control at public demonstrations. Critics say the mind-set of a peace officer must be much different than that of a soldier, and that our police militarization policy is blurring this distinction.

In a recent executive order, President Obama banned police departments from routinely using tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, camouflage uniforms, and large-caliber weapons and ammunition. "So we're going to prohibit some equipment made for the battlefield that is not appropriate for local police departments," he said. "There's other equipment that may be needed in certain cases, but only with proper training." For the time being, this equipment will be placed on a ‘controlled equipment list’ that includes aircraft, wheeled tactical vehicles, mobile command-and-control units, battering rams and riot gear.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.1232 - Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act



Options


  • I oppose reforming current police militarization policy and wish to defeat H.R.1232 - Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support preventing the militarization of Federal, State, and local law enforcement by Federal excess property transfers and grant programs; and prohibiting the Federal government from providing surplus or new military equipment and vehicles to local law enforcement agencies, and wish to pass H.R.1232 - Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX) and/or Rep. Hank Johnson (GA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support preventing the militarization of Federal, State, and local law enforcement by Federal excess property transfers and grant programs; and prohibiting the Federal government from providing surplus or new military equipment and vehicles to local law enforcement agencies, and wish to pass H.R.1232 - Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX) and/or Rep. Hank Johnson (GA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.1232 - Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. Hank Johnson (GA) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.1232 - Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act
Sponsor: Rep. Hank Johnson, GA
Status: House Armed Services Committee
Chairman: Rep. Mac Thornberry, TX


If elected as a trustee, PDA will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for discontinuing the federal government militarization of police departments.

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Trustee Election - Opening Date
April 9, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
April 15, 2020