Trump Just Gave Thousands of Bayonets And Hundreds of Grenade Launchers Back To Police

President Trump continues to be a man of his word in all the wrong ways.

Today the president made good on his campaign promise to the Fraternal Order of Police to rescind Executive Order 13688 and put thousands of bayonets and hundreds of grenade launchers from the U.S. military back in the hands of police. It also leaves law enforcement’s federally provided drones, explosives, and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles without oversight.

The result? Weapons of war will again be used to police our communities, no questions asked. Your town could be the next Ferguson or Fallujah.

When President Obama issued the executive order, which charged a federal agency working group with implementing oversight and protocols around the weapons of war given to local law enforcement agencies, he did so in response to calls from many Americans that their communities not be treated like war zones. Veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars expressed horror that they, while on active duty overseas, were less heavily armed than the local police in Ferguson. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) said, “The idea that state and local police departments need tactical vehicles and MRAPs with gun turrets is excessive.” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) described the need to differentiate a “police response and a military response.”

Clearly, the new president disagrees with members of his own party, confusing Missouri with Mosul. In a candidate questionnaire from the Fraternal Order of Police, then-Republican nominee Trump said of the Department of Defense program that distributes these weapons that “[t]he 1033 program is an excellent program that enhances community safety” and that he would “rescind the current executive order.” In making its case for the 1033 program and others, the FOP found “offensive” the notion “that the equipment could be misapplied” and should therefore be subjected to federal oversight.

The reversal of E.O. 13688 dismantles this necessary oversight. E.O. 13688 created an interagency working group that included the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security — the primary federal providers of military weapons and equipment to law enforcement. At minimum, the working group ensured that the agencies doling out these military-grade weapons were talking to one another, but it also established necessary policies, including the prohibition on bayonets and grenade launchers.

But even with federal officials now talking, we know the 1033 program is still plagued by problems. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently disguised itself as a federal law enforcement agency and received 1033 military ware, no questions asked.

Without interagency coordination, it is now possible that the Department of Defense could provide an MRAP to a police department subjected to Department of Justice complaints of police misconduct — that is, if this administration even continues to investigate systemic police misconduct.

Even with the interagency working group’s oversight since January 2015, we continue to see unwarranted police militarization post-Ferguson. Just look at law enforcement’s response at Standing Rock, where armored vehicles, automatic rifles, concussion grenades, sound cannons, and water cannons were used against peaceful protestors. Consider Baton Rouge, where those organizing around the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling were met with militarization and excessive force. And we still have SWAT teams detonating flash-bang grenades near a 9-month-old when executing home searches for drugs. Do you remember Baby Bou Bou?

Many in law enforcement fail to see how military-grade weapons in America’s communities have negative consequences.

So, what’s next? There are three immediate responses needed to the rescission of the executive order:

  • Communities must call out the federal government for instigating police militarization.
  • Congress must continue their call for a suspension of the 1033 program and enact the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act to eliminate the federal gifting of MRAPs and grenades to police once and for all.
  • State and local communities must take control over the weapons of war coming to their towns, just as we are asking them to take control of surveillance.

On Inauguration Day, the White House published an issue brief reminding us that “[t]he Trump Administration will be a law and order administration.” The brief states that “[t]he dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong” and promises to “end it.” It pledges “more community engagement” and “more effective policing.”

Given today’s executive action, just how this administration plans to reconcile these goals is not clear. We know that militarized policing is not “effective policing,” as it does not deescalate, reduce bias, or improve police-community relations. And we hope this administration does not think that treating neighborhoods like war zones is an effective way to create “more community engagement.”

If the new president wants to be the president of “all Americans,” he must listen to the majority of Americans who have said they do not want weapons of wars in their communities.

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Meh- so what

Until the US unilaterally bans guns, oohhhh that's right I said BAN guns. Of all kinds and makes for the general public, most police and some military units.

Next ban Nuclear weapons of all types from every corner of the planet.

HA! Yeah I know pipe dreams. We are going to murder ourselves with guns based on race, religion and region. Then we are going to nuke what's left so oligarchs, including Trump and kids, can get rich rebuilding the destruction.

Money, money, money, got to have it, got to need it, got to feed it. Money, money, money, got to greed it, got to heed it, got to get as much of it until you can't anymore. Then you die.

The Vanguard

Nothing meh about this, w-t-f-u

Safety Trucks

Those super high profile MRAPs everyone is against could be pulling stranded people out the water in Houston.

Did y'all think about the peaceful use of such vehicles. Probably not, you just looked at the negative, not the positive.

I agree the coppers don't need grenade launchers or even fully automatic long guns. But vehicles that are used for protection and safety that don't have high powered weapons attached are fine.

Hell I don't even like that Texas spends money on what is virtually a high powered gun boat, complete with full auto 50 caliber cannons. Do thirsty hungry illegal immigrants really pose such a threat? Probably not, yet we shell out multi mullions a year for a useless "deterrent". Whatev.

Anonymous

...Except they aren't being used for rescue operations, they aren't designed for such. It would be even more dangerous if officers tried to use military vehicles in a rescue mode, especially when these "gifts" to the departments don't come with the funding necessary to properly outfit them AS rescue vehicles.

F the popo

Find any police vehicle and pour salt or surfer into the gas tank or a large amount of water. Stuff large amounts of fruit into the tail pipe of police vehicles.
Spray paint police veliches with messages of peace and love. (They hate this even more than painting "pig" etc). And lastly Send pot laced treats and cakes to police precincts as good hearted gifts.

Anonymous

You can also pee in their coffee when they come thru the drive thru. That's my favorite.

Art Kyriazis

Whether a Presidential Pardon Expunges Judicial and Executive Branch Records of a Crime

Internal Memo, Justice Deparment

Memorandum Opinion for the Pardon Attorney

August 11, 2006

https://www.justice.gov/file/451106/download

Art Kyriazis

US v Noonan 906 F 2d 952 (3d Cir. 1990)

1969, Gregory Paul Noonan was convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment for failure to submit for induction in 1968, a violation of the Military Selective Service Act. Upon appeal, this court affirmed the conviction in a published opinion, United States v. Noonan, 434 F.2d 582 (3d Cir.1970) (Aldisert, J.), cert. denied, 401 U.S. 981, 91 S.Ct. 1190, 28 L.Ed.2d 333 (1971).

pardoned by Jimmy Carter Annesty 1977.

Not entitled to vacate, set aside expunge or otherwise remove the underlying conviction. Holding, 3d Cir.

https://pedrofeliz3b.wordpress.com/2017/08/28/us-v-noonan-906-f-2d-952-c...

Anonymous

I wouldn't mind if I see cops wearing helmets and armor. The more armament, the safe I'd feel because I know if something were to go down like Boston, they're more than ready and ahead of the game. I would ask how it'd feel when you see a cop die in a gunfight rather than a cop win a gunfight, but I know a lot of you hate cops either way because people are just like that, but if anything, I'd vote cop.

Anonymous

So why isn't the ACLU sueing the government for violating the posse comitatus by turning police forces into a de facto branch of the army? "By treating and arming as if it were, so it becomes." I.e.: the duck test.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1385

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