SAMPLE LOCAL RESOLUTION TO DEMILITARIZE POLICE FORCES

Posted by CODEPINK Staff


WHEREAS, the rapid militarization of police throughout the United States has led to a rise in instances of abuses of police powers, which poses a serious threat to the constitutional rights of the American people, including the residents of [INSERT TOWN NAME HERE]; and


WHEREAS, the federal government and the [INSERT STATE NAME HERE] have thus far failed to provide reasonable restrictions and oversight on the use of military grade weapons by police; and


WHEREAS, the federal government has in fact incentivized the militarization of police through the Department of Defense's 1033 Program and the Department of Homeland Security's Homeland Security Grant Program;


NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the [INSERT CITY GOVERNMENT HERE] will refuse to apply for or accept any funds under the Department of Defense's 1033 Program or the Department of Homeland Security's Homeland Security Grant Program that would go towards purchasing the following: 1) automatic weapons not generally recognized as particularly suitable for law enforcement purposes, including those that are .50 caliber or greater, 2) tactical vehicles, including highly mobile multi-wheeled vehicles, armored vehicles, and mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, 3) drones that are armored and/or weaponized 4) aircraft, 5) grenades, including flash-bang grenades, stun grenades, and grenade launchers, 6) silencers, or 7) long-range acoustic devices, and will remove from active use any of the above military items that are currently in use.

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