Bill to reform military equipment for police after Ferguson

1 year 11 months 2 weeks ago May 07, 2015 May 7, 2015 Thursday, May 07 2015 Thursday, May 07, 2015 11:02:00 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two Missouri lawmakers are backing legislation to reform federal programs providing military equipment to police. The bills were intended to address concerns raised by those who believe police overreached during protests in Ferguson by using armored vehicles and high-caliber weapons in a military-style response.

Sen. Claire McCaskill introduced the Protecting Communities and Police Act on Thursday. U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay of St. Louis planed to introduce a companion bill in the House within a week. Both are Democrats.

McCaskill said the goal is to protect both police and the communities they serve by revising federal programs that send equipment and funding to police.

Clay said the bill addresses what he calls "excessive militarization of local police," something that he said he witnessed during protests in Ferguson that followed the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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