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.
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 a September 16, 2020, report from Costs of War.
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: