The Government Is Arming Police for War. Reform Can Start Right There | Opinion
As President Donald Trump pushes for more military equipment to be rolled out to confront protesters, we need to do everything in our power to stop this before it changes the character of our country forever. The Justice in Policing Act introduced by Democrats in the House and Senate this week covers a range of important policy proposals to increase accountability, transparency and training. It also includes vital reforms to stop the government's militarization of police forces.
For years, county, city and small-town police departments have been stockpiling free military-grade weapons—as part of a Defense Department giveaway—to use against the very citizens and taxpayers who not only fund their departments but who the police are supposed to protect.