Rep. Amash criticizes U.S. police militarization on social media

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – U.S. Rep. Justin Amash took to social media Wednesday night, and again on Thursday, to speak out against police militarization and the law enforcement response in Ferguson, MO.

It comes as law enforcement reacts to days of protests and rallies after police shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown over the weekend.

On Facebook, Amash reiterated his concerns and recalled a House vote on police militarization.

In June, FOX 17 profiled two sheriff’s departments in west Michigan that have MRAPs, mine resistant ambush proof vehicles, along with other equipment from a military surplus program. Law enforcement challenged the notion the equipment has militarized their police force.

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  • psycho

    what should be done Justin? fires, looting and the “rodney king” effect all happening since the death. you need adequate reinforcements equipped to deal with this situation. are you opposed to SWAT teams also?

    • Brad Forrester

      Nobody is opposed to the proper use of SWAT teams when they are necessary, but those situations are extremely rare. Arming cops with military hardware has affected their attitude and the way they deal with the public, that’s what is wrong here. Amish is right, and this is a perfect example of out-of-control-government expansion,. Those who trade liberty for safety deserve neither liberty nor safety!

  • James C. Corbett

    Sounds like a lot of people would give up their freedom in exchange for militarized law enforcement. I’ve lived in countries with paramilitary police forces and they all had one thing in common, loss of freedom. We already have both an Army and an Army National Guard which a governor can activate on short notice. I don’t agree with Congressman Amash on all the issues, but he does know freedom can’t defend itself.