Don’t Let Trump Re-Militarize the Police

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Reinstate ban on police acquisition of armored vehicles, grenade launchers, and high-caliber weapons.

An Obama-era rule banning the police from acquiring surplus military equipment such as tank-like armored vehicles, grenade launchers, and other high-caliber weapons was recently overturned by the Trump administration. The move was recently announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a speech made to the National Fraternal Order of Police. He called concerns about public safety “superficial,” and alluded to the ban leading to the normalization of “criminal activity, violence and lawlessness.”

The initial ban was put in place following clashes between police and demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri after the violent shooting of African-American teen Micheal Brown by a white police officer. Police used flash grenades, rubber bullets, tear gas, and smoke bombs to disperse even peaceful crowds from the safety of armored vehicles. There were widespread arrests of demonstrators and even journalists.

The militarization of police only contributes to the public’s general distrust of the police force. Many civil rights groups spoke up to say that having military vehicles and similar equipment in local communities is counterproductive and suggests a police force at war with residents. Furthermore, re-arming police will allow another violent clash like Ferguson to happen again.

Police militarization is unacceptable, and the fact that the government is supporting it is alarming. The job of the police force is to protect citizens, not attack them and infringe upon their rights. Sign the petition below to demand that the ban be reinstated in order to protect citizens from excessive police violence.


Dear President Trump,

A recent overturning of an Obama-era ban on police use of surplus military gear will allow police to acquire armored vehicles, grenade launchers, high-caliber grenades, and more. The ban was originally put in place after clashes in Ferguson, Missouri, where both protestors and journalists were shot with rubber bullets and attacked with tear gas, smoke bombs, and flash grenades. Re-arming police forces opens the way for more violent clashes like these, and will only increase distrust of police among citizens.

This government endorsement of police violence is appalling and alarming. We, the undersigned, demand that this ban is put back into place in order to protect citizens from police violence.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Please do NOT sign this petition as groups like KKK and Antifa get more violent the police need protection.

  2. Sorry Kelly, I signed this petition. There is a huge amount of unnecessary hype surrounding these racial issues.
    Think about it. Do you really want a militarized police force? Just look at countries which already have one, such as Israel, China and Brazil for starters. In these countries it is police brutality on steroids.
    If people think police kill too many innocent people now, just wait till the police force is militarized!
    I think every person not wanting to live in a totalitarian police state like Orwell’s 1984 should oppose this horrible move by Trump.

  3. Too bad Trump couldn’t actually DO something versus undo actions previously taken that were for the better interest of society.

  4. Sorry Kelly, I have to agree to what B Danno said. militarized police force doesn’t salve the problems, only make it worse as well as create new ones.

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