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Bye-Bye Police Tanks? Law-Makers Propose Anti-Police-Militarization Bill

Jay Syrmopoulos
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February 21, 2015

Helena, Mon. – A bill introduced in Montana, HB 330, which would attempt to reign in the growing militarization of law enforcement is making its way through the House.

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Nicholas Schwaderer, would put limit on the type of military equipment that could be transferred to state and local police under the federal 1033 program. In addition, the bill will audit the current inventory and require a strict regiment of oversight.

Local and state police agencies would be barred from receiving long-range acoustic devices (LRAD), grenade launchers, explosives (including grenades and flash-bangs), silencers, tanks, and armored or weaponized drones.

Beginning in the 80’s, under the guise of the “War on Drugs,†a war on the American people was undertaken. The federal government began attempting to turn local police forces into paramilitary organizations and local cops into quasi-soldiers.

Then with the attacks of 9/11 the government doubled down and began a “War on Terror,†passing new draconian laws that decimated constitutional rights and individual liberty such as the NDAA and Patriot Act.

Using the 1033 program, the feds provided surplus military hardware to local police to fight this war against its own citizens. These actions went unchecked and very little government or public oversight existed.


Bye Bye Police Tanks? Law Makers Propose Anti Police Militarization Bill Then when the events that took place in Ferguson beamed across the globe, the militarized U.S. police state revealed it’s ugly face to the world.

The images of the militarized police in Ferguson made clear that the days of Andy Griffith and Mayberry are a distant memory. They have been replaced by something that looks as if it belongs on a war-torn battlefield in Afghanistan or Iraq.

These revelations caused many to question why small police departments across the country were procuring mine-resistant armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers, and other weapons of war.

Now almost half a year later, most of the mainstream coverage of this issue has dissipated. Thankfully that hasn’t stopped the lawmakers of Montana from taking this threat to liberty seriously.

The time has come for people to take a stand and demand that police in their state follow Montana’s lead by de-militarizing police and forcing strict oversight.




This article was posted: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 8:18 am

It's nice to see some lawmakers in this country, at least "TRY" to do the right thing. :flag:
 

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Anti-Police Militarization Bill HB 330? Why don't they just review the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 and go from there. Just to refresh our collective memories when it comes to Government versus the people.

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Anti-Police Militarization Bill HB 330? Why don't they just review the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 and go from there.
Because that Act applies to the military and police are civilians. Anyone not on full-time/drill Title-32 or Title-10 orders is a civilian.
 

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Because that Act applies to the military and police are civilians. Anyone not on full-time/drill Title-32 or Title-10 orders is a civilian.

Yes, I get that. But the lines are blurry when it comes to civilians understanding the distinction - just wanting to play devil's advocate.

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