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Ban Militarized Policing in Your Locality

To start a local campaign to ban militarized policing in your locality, anywhere on earth, contact World BEYOND War.

We did this in Charlottesville, Va., U.S., using this petition, to pass this resolution (see pp 75-76). Reporting on that success included: WINA, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Tenth Amendment Center, NBC-29, CBS-19, Daily Progress, Cville Weekly, and earlier: CBS-19, NBC-29.

Here’s a report on what Washington D.C. has done. On July 31, 2020, the state of Connecticut banned police use of “military designed equipment classified by the United States Department of Defense as part of the federal 1033 program that is (A) a controlled firearm, ammunition, bayonet, grenade launcher, grenade, including stun and flash-bang, or an explosive, (B) a controlled vehicle, highly mobile multi-wheeled vehicle, mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle, truck, truck dump, truck utility or truck carryall, (C) a drone that is armored or weaponized, (D) controlled aircraft that is combat configured or combat coded or has no established commercial flight application, (E) a silencer, (F) a long-range acoustic device, or (G) an item in the federal supply class of banned items.”

Here’s what New Orleans is doing.

We’re working with a coalition in Portland, Ore., on this. Portland has already banned tear gas. Sign our petition in Portland.

We recommend working with us, as many localities now are, to study your locality, build a coalition, launch a petition, pursue media coverage, and move your local officials.

Here is evidence that police with more military weaponry kill more people.

Here is documentation of police violence. More here, and here.

Here is a September 16, 2020, report from Costs of War.

Here is an October 2020 report from Peace Direct.

U.S. localities can find out what weaponry their police have from the U.S. military here, and here.

It is critically important to ban militarized policing whether or not your local police force is currently engaged in it.


One thing you can get started on right away is drafting a petition. You can start by modifying this draft:

To: _________ City Council

We urge you to ban from _________:
(1) military-style or “warrior” training of police by the _____ military, any foreign military or police, or any private company;
(2) acquisition by police of any weaponry from the ________ military;
(3) acquisition or use of automatic or semi-automatic weapons, armored personnel carriers, chemical weapons, kinetic impact projectiles, acoustic weapons, directed energy weapons, water cannons, disorientation devices, or ultrasonic cannons;
(4) any police hiring preference for applicants with military experience;
(5) any cooperation with or toleration of militarized policing in ________ by state or federal forces; and

We urge you to require for _________ police:
(1) enhanced training and stronger policies for conflict de-escalation, and limited use of force for law enforcement.


Your goal should be a resolution something like this:

RESOLUTION OPPOSING ____________ POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVING MILITARY-STYLE TRAINING AND ACQUIRING MILITARY WEAPONRY
 
WHEREAS, the _________ Police Department does not receive military-style or “warrior” training by the __________ armed forces, a foreign military or police, or any private company; and
 
WHEREAS, the ____________ Police Department does not acquire weaponry from the ____________ armed forces; and
 
WHEREAS, the __________ City Council opposes the __________ Police Department receiving military-style or “warrior” training by the United States armed forces, a foreign military or police, or any private company; and
 
WHEREAS, the _____________ City Council opposes the __________ Police Department acquiring weaponry from the United States armed forces or any other source;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of ___________ that the ___________ Police Department shall not receive military-style or “warrior” training of police by the ________ military, any foreign military or police, or any private company;
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the ___________ Police Department shall not acquire any weaponry from the _________ military;
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the ___________ Police Department shall not acquire or use automatic or semi-automatic weapons, armored personnel carriers, chemical weapons, kinetic impact projectiles, acoustic weapons, directed energy weapons, water cannons, disorientation devices, or ultrasonic cannons;
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the _____________ Police Department shall not give any preference in hiring for applicants with military experience;
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the ____________ Police Department shall not cooperate with or tolerate militarized policing in ___________ by state or federal forces; and
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the ___________ Police Department shall provide all police officers with enhanced training and stronger policies for conflict de-escalation, and limited use of force for law enforcement.

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