Our communities are not war zones
Update: On April 7th, South Carolina police officer Michael T. Slager was charged with murder after a video surfaced showing him shooting Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man, eight times in the back and killing him.
The brutal deaths of Walter Scott, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice all point to the need for immediate action. Systemic change is necessary for police to start serving and protecting communities of color, instead of waging war on us.
Update: On August 23rd, 2014, President Obama called for a review of federal programs that fund and incentivize wartime arsenals for local police forces. Help us keep up the pressure on the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice: tell them to stop funding the militarization of local police.
Local police, armed to the teeth with wartime weaponry, treat us like the enemy, especially if we're Black, young, poor, or homeless.
The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice are funneling billions of dollars to state and local law enforcement agencies every year to help them purchase military weaponry and equipment. What business do DOD, DHS, and DOJ have funding a war here at home?
With our country’s long history of aggressive policing in communities of color, it shouldn’t surprise us that these wartime tools and tactics are hitting poor and black neighborhoods hardest. To start undoing the damage, the feds need to stop funding this war.
Good policing is about trust, which has been severely eroded through the use of excessive force and police brutality. If police forces across America continue to militarize and treat communities of color as the enemy, they will increasingly be seen as an occupying army.
Stopping the funding and incentivizing of police militarization is a crucial first step to ending this war.
Tell the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice: Stop funding the siege on communities of color.
|4 hours ago||Greg Z. from Washington|
|6 hours ago||ben o. from California|
|10 hours ago||Leonard E. from District of Columbia|
|13 hours ago||John L. from Illinois|
|13 hours ago||Julie R. from Washington|