End police militarization fueled by the drug war

The war on drugs has fueled violent policing practices that have contributed to the police killings of Breonna Taylor and too many others.Under federal law, the 1033 program plays a major role by giving law enforcement free military equipment and other weapons in pursuit of waging the drug war in our communities. 

 Tell your Representative to abolish the 1033 program and take away this dangerous tool of the drug war. https://engage.drugpolicy.org/secure/end-police-militarization-fueled-drug-war?ms=1AB_21051033BillACLU&cid=7011K000001Rr7cQAC

 

Demand Biden Administration Abolish 1033 Program / Exijamos a la Administración Biden la abolición del programa 1033

We call on all communities that received tanks, armored personnel carriers, machine guns, grenade launchers and all other weapons of war through this program to document and return those weapons to federal authorities.

Sign the petition! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd_ZhoVhCgs-Yq7IbcAq0rRskfXY9uMZdMtV4vo0aygEizVMQ/viewform

U.S. President Joe Biden’s pledge to alter the Department of Defense’s 1033 program because of his supposed commitment to racial justice is an affront. The gratuitous militarization of police forces across the United States through this program has helped to turn these agencies into brutal weapons of repression. Nothing short of complete abolition of this program is acceptable.

The National Defense Authorization Act of 1997 that then-Senator Joe Biden (D-Delaware) supported and President Bill Clinton (D) signed into law created the 1033 program by expanding on a previous program.The expansion allowed law-enforcement agencies to purchase surplus military weapons at dramatically discounted prices. As a result, the 1033 program became one of the primary mechanisms that caused hyper-militarization of local and state police agencies across the United States, having transferred $7.4 billion in military gear since the 1990s.

Responding to outrage about the heavily militarized police response to protests after Michael Brown’s murder in Ferguson, Missouri, President Barack Obama enacted a policy in 2015 that appeared to limit the program, but made little difference in any department’s ability to acquire and use military weapons.Even with the scale-back, the Obama administration managed to transfer a $459 million arsenal to police agencies. That was 14 times as many weapons of terror and death than President George W. Bush gifted local police in 2008, the year during which such transfers had reached their peak.
In fact, during the Obama administration, the 1033 program expanded by 24-fold (2,400%).

What the Biden administration is now proposing by reversing Trump’s reversal to the Obama policy is not enough, as reverting the policy to Obama’s altered version is not justice. What is required is demilitarization and an end to the police occupation of colonized Black and Brown communities.

The label may have changed from the “War on Crime” to the “War on Drugs” to the “War on Terror” to the 2021 “War on Domestic Terror”, but the intent remains the same. Hyper-policing, incarceration, surveillance, infiltration, direct military assaults and extrajudicial murders long have characterized the relationship between U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement agencies and the Black and Brown colonized and working classes of the United States.

 

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