The militarized police response to Ferguson protests sparked a national debate about surplus military equipment being given to local law enforcement agencies.
Now, Tennessee State Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, has filed legislation that would prohibit both state and local agencies from receiving, owning or using “certain military vehicles, aircraft and weaponry.”
The law, if passed, would effect existing inventories of military surplus gear which would have to be sold or disposed of by law enforcement agencies in possession of them.
Representative Kelsey said there needs to be a “clear separation between the military and police.”
In an interview with the Johnson City Press, he explained that “we can support both our police officers and our citizens by ensuring that our police officers are not viewed as the enemy.”
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