Local law enforcement agencies using hundreds of pieces of military-grade equipment

By Michal Higdon

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“Those are equipment and weapons that are used on war,” Kisha Bird, with the Center for Law and Social Policy, said. “The signal that it is showing to communities that are over-policed, which is black communities in particular, is that we are at war with you.”

CLASP is an organization focused on reducing poverty, promoting economic security and advancing racial equity.

Bird said, especially during the protests, we’ve been seeing police with military gear.

“They are using weapons of war on citizens,” Bird said. “That doesn’t keep communities safe.”

 

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