( ENSPIRE Politics ) Trump Mandates Police To Use Military Gear
By ENSPIRE Contributor: Djata Doumbouya
On Monday, August 28th president Trump signed an executive order allowing the police force to use grenade launchers, tanks, bayonets and much more. In 2015, after the shooting of 18-year old Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri the Obama administration restricted the police on using certain military equipment without having good reasoning behind it. Trump is now appealing that order, his new executive decision will now make it easier for people in the law enforcement to have access to drones, helicopters, planes, riot helmets and tactical vehicles.
“Tensions between law enforcement and communities remain high, yet the president and the attorney general are giving the police military-grade weaponry instead of practical, effective ways to protect and serve everyone,” Bennett said. A Pentagon official couldn’t think of a reason why a police officer would have to use a bayonet during a hearing on police militarization in 2014.
Most urban communities are already disconnected with the law enforcement. Civil rights advocates are concerned that restoring this program will rise up tension in minority communities. “The previous administration was more concerned about the image of law enforcement being too ‘militarized’ than they were about our safety,” said Chuck Canterbury. Who does this affect?
A Trump administration document outlines the policy and says that it “sends the message that we care more about public safety than about how a piece of equipment looks, especially when that equipment has been shown to reduce crime, reduce complaints against and assaults on police, and make officers more effective.”