1. Action Alert
  2. Criminal Justice

Now is the Time to Demilitarize Policing!

By José Santos Woss, June 28, 2020


The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and countless other Black Americans have reinvigorated calls to urgently and meaningfully address racism and brutality in policing.

Lawmakers are currently considering a proposal to halt the transfer of the military equipment to local police departments.

The 1033 program has transferred billions of dollars of military equipment to civilian law enforcement agencies. This militarization has transformed civilian law enforcement agencies into occupying forces especially in Black and Brown communities.

Urge your senators to support Sen. Brian Schatz’s (HI) 1033 reform amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to limit the transfer of military equipment to civilian law enforcement agencies. This bill would likely get a vote and become law if passed and it would culminate years’ worth of efforts by FCNL and others to demilitarize the police.

Your voice is needed. Urge your senators to increase accountability and limit the transfer of military equipment to civilian police departments.

José Santos Woss

  • Legislative Manager, Criminal Justice and Election Integrity

José is the Legislative Manager for Criminal Justice and Election Integrity. He leads FCNL’s work on criminal justice reform, election integrity, and policing. He helps to lead the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, an alliance of more than 40 national faith groups advocating to end mass incarceration.