What does this entail? The reintroduction the Pentagon’s Police Militarization Program 1033 will reallocate surplus military equipment–including high-caliber weapons and grenade launchers–to local police departments to combat violent protests. This program was created under the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 1997. Since its inception in 1997, approximately $5.1 billion in military equipment have been transferred from the federal government (DOD) to local American law enforcement agencies–per 2014 numbers. President Obama drew back this program in 2015 following the Ferguson, MO protests. It has drawn both praise and concern from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his intention to reintroduce the program at the annual gathering of the Fraternal Order of Police in Nashville, TN earlier this morning.
“Those restrictions went too far,” Sessions said. “We will not put superficial concerns above public safety.”
Below are Sessions’ full remarks at the event:
What do you think of this program being reintroduced? Is the DOJ in the right to resurrect–especially in wake of violent protests in Charlottesville and elsewhere? Or are there serious concerns with reintroducing military -grade supplies and weapons back into local police departments?
Tell us your thoughts.