Dem Introducing Bill To Cut Police Weaponry In Wake Of St. Louis Shooting

By AWR Hawkins

Tear Gas
Tear Gas launched on St. Louis protesters.
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Washington DC – -(  On August 14, 2014 Representative Hank Johnson (D-Georgia) informed House colleagues he will be introducing the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act to reduce police weaponry in the wake of the shooting death of an “unarmed black man”–Michael Brown–in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

In addition to the shooting of Brown, Johnson believes the use of tear gas on rioters who have poured into St. Louis since the incident is “overly aggressive” and needs to be addressed.

According to Politico, Johnson sent a letter to House members saying, “Our streets should be a place for business, families, and relaxation, not tanks and M16s.” He then pointed to a “Department of Defense (DOD) Program that transfers surplus DOD equipment to state and local law enforcement,” saying the program causes “local police…to resemble paramilitary forces.”

Johnonson was one of only 62 representatives that voted YES on a similar measure Amendment (H. Amdt. 918) that was recently defeated.

He claims the remedy for this situation is to stop the transfers of “certain aggressive military equipment” and to require an accounting for the current location of all such equipment.

Johnson's bill has the endorsement of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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  • 6 thoughts on “Dem Introducing Bill To Cut Police Weaponry In Wake Of St. Louis Shooting

    1. Wonder did this man notice photo of Mr Brown on CNN portrayed in childlike picture compared to Police Stills/video robbing the store clerk and assaulting him (grabbed by neck exiting the store with a box of stolen cigars). Size appears to be about 6ft3 looks to be 260 in pounds, far from a child! They need military gear.

    2. Now it’s the cops fault theres a riot? And when they riot what do they expect, police to show up in an ice cream truck? Regardless of transportation there will always be guns, tear gas, and aggressive tactics because……IT’S A DAMN RIOT.

    3. People from the left and right lined up to pummel law enforcement for brutality, militarization, and being cruel to centipedes after this last shooting. Then, lo and behold, after the initial part of the investigation, thug Michael Brown turns out to be a robbery suspect and then tries to take the officer’s weapon away. The MHP took over security and what happens? The looting continued. Maybe the local cops knew that fraudulent, crime-ridden community better than anyone thought.

    4. What does one have to do with the other ? That poor innocent young black man who was shot by police after he tried to take the officers handgun, and after comitting several strongarm felonies wasn’t shot by a goddamn tank !

    5. Remember this congressman is the idiot that thinks the Island of Guam will tip over and sink if the USA assigns any more troops to our bases on the island. Johnson is a perfect example of why an intelligence test should be given to politicians BEFORE they can run for office.

    6. Search youtube for Hank Johnson and Guam. Perhaps the dumbest human to ever be elected to anything. Hurts to agree with him here.

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