1. Action Alert
  2. Criminal Justice

Tell Congress: Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement

By José Santos Woss, July 9, 2019


The Department of Defense 1033 program funnels military equipment from the Pentagon to local, federal, and tribal law enforcement.

Bringing weapons designed for war zones into local police forces in the United States, fuels the perception that local law enforcement is a military force occupying our communities.

With communities of color and poorer communities already experiencing higher incidents of excessive use of force, this militarization of the tools of law enforcement only makes matters worse.

The Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 1714) would place much-needed limits on transfers of deadly and militarized equipment to local police departments to ensure they are serving communities not occupying them.

Act now. Tell your member of Congress to cosponsor and support H.R. 1714.

Legislative Ask Co-Sponsor the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act  

H.R. 1714

The Pentagon’s 1033 program transfers weapons designed for war zones to local police forces in the United States, fueling the perception that local law enforcement is a military force occupying our communities.

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.