President Trump has officially repealed an order that limits police militarization.
On Monday the Trump Administration rescinded Executive Order 13688, which limited the Pentagon’s ability to transfer some kinds of military equipment to state and local police departments. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the move “leaves law enforcement’s federally provided drones, explosives, and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles without oversight.”
“Military equipment should only be transferred to police if departments can prove appropriate use, training, and oversight, and that the equipment will only be used in specific and necessary circumstances, such as active shooter scenarios,” says Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP). “At tremendous risk to public safety, the 1033 Program doesn’t require these vital measures.
Major Franklin goes on to state that; “We must stop reinforcing the mentality that police are warriors and civilians are the enemy – it endangers everyone.”