The militarization of our police departments began with the "war on drugs" in the 1990s and escalated dramatically with the "war on terror" following 9/11. Since the 1990s the DOD has provided local police departments with more than $5 billion worth of military equipment. Departments now use these wartime weapons in everyday policing, which unfairly targets communities of color. This is an area of wasteful government spending with appalling side effects.
The over-militarization of police is counter-productive to a community-based police force. We have the National Guard prepared to act in extreme situations. Police militarization provides military contractors another profit center and this push for militarization is another example of our representatives working for their campaign donors instead of working for the American people. Adam Schiff is loyal spokesmen for the Military-Industrial Complex, which is one of his largest and most consistent campaign contributors.
On June 19, 2014 Adam Schiff voted against Grayson, H.Amdt. 918 to HR 4870, thereby continuing to fund the militarization of police. The Grayson amendment would have prohibited the federal government from using funds to militarize our police departments.
I will end this harmful and wasteful spending.
Alex Kane has written an article on the problems associated with militarized policing.