Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Maintain the current ban on military gear for police rather than allowing police to become militarized dangers to the communities they’re supposed to protect and serve.
Due to recent killings of police, President Obama is revisiting a 2015 ban on military gear for police, which banned equipment like riot gear, armored vehicles and grenade launchers. President Obama will be reviewing each banned item to determine if bans on certain items should be lifted.
The ban was instated last year after public outrage at the militarization of local police forces, which used military-level riot gear such as tear gas to violently diffuse protests against police brutality.
At a meeting between law enforcement leaders and President Obama, police asked the president to reinstate military equipment like grenade launchers and armored vehicles for local law enforcement.
This equipment is unnecessary and should not be reinstated. It should be reserved for the armed forces, not for police officers who pledge to protect and serve their communities. Urge President Obama to uphold this vital ban on the militarization of police.
Dear President Obama,
You are revisiting a ban on military equipment for local police officers across the United States. The ban was instated last year for good reason. Police were acting as soldiers against the very communities they are supposed to serve. When these communities rose up to peacefully protect the wrongful killings of black Americans by police, rather than responding with empathy and reason police chose to militarize and battle civilians with tear gas and grenade launchers.
There is absolutely no need for police to have this kind of power as public servants. Local law enforcement is funded by the people and should serve the people, not use military-grade weapons against them. We saw imagery of peaceful citizens crying out in pain because of tear gas launched into crowds. This is unacceptable.
I urge you to uphold the ban on military gear for local police enforcement in order to create real progress between police and citizens without violence.
[Your Name Here]
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