Black Lives Matter is concerned that Joe Biden is enabling law enforcement departments to gain access to surplus military equipment, according to The Western Journal Site.
BLM has pointed out that Biden could be a bigger threat to Black Americans than Trump actually was.
BLM took to Twitter, “Biden is currently sending more military equipment to our neighborhoods than Trump did. You read that right.”
“Our communities are being terrorized at a greater rate than they had been under Trump.”
Biden’s first 100 days are up in 10 days. By then we need him to #End1033, which transfers military equipment into the hands of police across the country– including school & campus police. Another example? The military you see out on your streets ahead of the Chauvin verdict.— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) April 20, 2021
“Over $7 billion has gone to the law enforcement agencies since its creation under the Clinton administration.”
“Disappointingly enough, the flow of military equipment to police under the 1033 Program has accelerated under the Biden administration — and based on recent reporting, police might just receive even more military equipment under the Biden administration than they did with the Trump administration,” The BLM website stated.
“No responsible leader should be increasing the weapons police have access to — and if President Biden cares about the countless Black folks who showed up to put him in office, he would recognize that.”
“If we want President Biden to take swift action before his 100th day in office (just 10 days from now), then we need a lot of voices speaking out right away.”
Black Lives Matter claim that there is a connection between military equipment purchases and civilian deaths.
“Military-style weapons and equipment have no place in our streets.”
“They have no place in our communities and have no place in our schools or on our campuses.”
“They especially have no place in the hands of police — violent upholders of white supremacy that have no regard for Black life.”
“With the stroke of a pen, President Biden can put an end to the dangerous practice of enabling and upholding white supremacy through the 1033 Program.”
Obama stated,”Militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like there’s an occupying force, as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them.”
“It can alienate and intimidate local residents and send the wrong message.”
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said, “It’s not about the equipment, it’s about the proper policy for its use.”
“Everybody needs to take a deep breath and stop using their emotion and stop painting these issues with broad brushes.”