FERGUSON, MO – AUGUST 18: Frederick Scott protests the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9.
“Having military style weaponry moving down the main street of a middle-American town is as un-American as a coup d’état rather than an election.”
– Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-MO) on police response to protests in Ferguson, MO, 2014
There is a national crisis of police violence against people of color in this country. Black men are killed by the police at a rate that is nearly three times higher than that of white men. In 2017, 35% of the unarmed people killed by police in 2017 were black, even though black people make up only 13% of the population and 99% of these cases have resulted in the officer’s acquittal. Since 1997, police and sheriff departments have received weaponry for war from the Pentagon through the 1033 program, including mine-resistant wheeled tanks and more than 6,000 military rifles. Studies show that the more militarized a law enforcement agency becomes, the higher the number of civilians killed each year. Arming police forces with this kind of equipment will inevitably result in it being used against people of color in our communities.
“Militarization makes every problem — even a car of teenagers driving away from a party — look like a nail that should be hit with an AR-15 hammer.” (wapo) Continue reading “Fri 4/13 – Yes on AB 3131: Police Demilitarization and Accountability”