Thursday, September 18, 2014

AP: Labrador Joins Police Demilitarization Push

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

click to enlarge Boise Police Department's mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Boise Police Department's mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle
Idaho Republican U.S. House Rep. Raul Labrador has come out in support of a police demilitarization bill, the Associated Press reports.

Georgia Democratic Representative Hank Johnson and Labrador introduced the bill Sept. 16 in the wake of the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo., which precipitated massive demonstrations that police confronted with military hardware including mine resistant ambush protected vehicles (MRAPs), tear gas, rubber bullets and riot gear.

The bill, if made into law, would place restrictions on what kinds of military materiel can be acquired by police departments—particularly regarding weapons like grenade launchers and armored vehicles like MRAPs.

Earlier this month, Boise Weekly reported on which police departments have acquired what military hardware through the Department of Defense's 1033 program, how that hardware is being used, and what guidelines police departments have in place to ensure it's used responsibly. 

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