Legislative Updates: 114th Congress
Rep Deutch co-introduces the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21) has co-introduced H.R. 1232, the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act. This legislation would control the excessive flow of dangerous military material to law enforcement agencies, especially to those with inadequate training for the use of such weaponry.
Under current programs, the Department of Defense is able to transfer military grade weapons, explosives, and armored vehicles to law enforcement agencies at no cost to the recipients. This bill would establish more coherent guidelines regarding what kinds of weapons may be transferred under this program, including certifying that agencies have received necessary training. It also requires the Pentagon to make publically-available its reports on transfers of these weapons.
Congressman Deutch has previously voiced strong concerns with the transfer of military equipment to police departments. The over-militarization of unprepared law enforcement agencies must be curbed and available as public knowledge. A copy of the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act is available here.