Rep. Johnson fights to stop local police from receiving weapons of war
Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) re-introduced the bipartisan Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act of 2019 – H.R. 1714 – that would place restrictions and transparency measures on the Department of Defense (DOD) Program that transfers excess military equipment to federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement agencies. “Before another small town is transformed into a warzone with gifts of grenade launchers and high-caliber rifles, we must rein in this program and revisit our view of the future safety of American cities and towns,” said Johnson. Cosponsors (66): Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Rep. Al Green (TX-9), Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL-20), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12), Rep. Andy Levin (MI-9), Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-18), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13), Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS-2), Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-4), Rep. Bobby Rush (IL-1), Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-3), Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)…..