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In June of this year, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) introduced an amendment to halt the Pentagon's 1033 program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars of military-grade weapons and equipment to local police annually. The amendment overwhelmingly failed, and just seven out of 41 voting members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) supported it.
That vote has drawn controversy in the wake of this summer's protests and grotesquely militarized police response in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson's own congressman is Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.); he is a member of the CBC, and he voted against demilitarizing police.
Now, The New York Times reports that the CBC is campaigning on what happened in Ferguson to turn out African-American voters for 2014, an effort which would presumably be more difficult were the CBC's record on police militarization more widely known.
- - Bonnie Kristian
The Congressional Black Caucus voted to preserve police militarization
House Vote on the Bill
originally posted by: jimmyx
a reply to: xuenchen
c'mon, I read your opening title and looked at your source...NOWHERE DOES IT SAY that Obama will write executive orders for police body cams....why don't you go and apply for a job at FOX NEWS, they also write hyperbolic and deceitful headlines
Community Policing Initiative
The President also proposes a three-year $263 million investment package that will increase use of body-worn cameras, expand training for law enforcement agencies (LEAs), add more resources for police department reform, and multiply the number of cities where DOJ facilitates community and local LEA engagement. As part of this initiative, a new Body Worn Camera Partnership Program would provide a 50 percent match to States/localities who purchase body worn cameras and requisite storage. Overall, the proposed $75 million investment over three years could help purchase 50,000 body worn cameras. The initiative as a whole will help the federal government efforts to be a full partner with state and local LEAs in order to build and sustain trust between communities and those who serve and protect these communities.
FACT SHEET: Strengthening Community Policing
The initiative as a whole will help the federal government efforts to be a full partner with state and local LEAs in order to build and sustain trust between communities and those who serve and protect these communities.
originally posted by: Xtrozero
originally posted by: xuenchen
The Progressive leaning Republicans would certainly keep this going if and when they get control of the Executive Branch.
Is this an oxymoron? That is like saying the "Socialist leaning Republican"....