On November 20 2014 Rep. Johnson of Georgia asked for permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute regarding the dangerous trend toward militarization of law enforcement agencies in America:
“Mr. Speaker, this is not the kind of vehicle that you want to see cruising the streets of your neighborhood. This is not a police cruiser. And while walking the streets of your neighborhood, you don’t want to see these kinds of military-garbed officers patrolling your neighborhood on routine patrol.
When you militarize your police department, you get a militarized response to peaceful and lawful citizen protests.
If you don’t want to see the continued militarization of your police departments through the 1033 National Defense Authorization Act program, then support my legislation, the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act, H.R. 5478.”
Source: Congressional Record
|Sponsor:||Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4] (Introduced 09/16/2014)|
|Committees:||House – Armed Services|
|Latest Action:||09/16/2014 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.|