City of Albuquerque
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File #: R-20-95   
Type: Resolution Status: In Council - Reported from Committee
File created: 9/9/2020 In control: Public Safety Committee
Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Prohibiting The Police Department From Applying For Or Receiving Certain Surplus Military Equipment For Civilian Law Enforcement Use
Attachments: 1. R-95
CITY of ALBUQUERQUE
TWENTY FOURTH COUNCIL


COUNCIL BILL NO. R-20-95 ENACTMENT NO. ________________________

SPONSORED BY: Klarissa J. Pe?a, Cynthia D. Borrego, Brook Bassan


RESOLUTION
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Prohibiting The Police Department From Applying For Or Receiving Certain Surplus Military Equipment For Civilian Law Enforcement Use
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WHEREAS, the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 1997 allows for US Department of Defense, through the Law Enforcement Support Office in the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA-LESO) to transfer to local law enforcement agencies surplus military equipment for civilian law enforcement use through a program commonly known as the "1033 program"; and
WHEREAS, the DLA-LESO reports that since the program's inception more than $7.8 billion in military equipment has been provided to local law enforcement agencies, including the Albuquerque Police Department; and
WHEREAS, In 2014, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced a review of the 1033 program stating, "displays of force in response to mostly peaceful demonstrations can be counterproductive,...it makes sense to take a look at whether military-style equipment is being acquired for the right purposes and whether there is proper training on when and how to deploy it;" and
WHEREAS, studies have shown and diverse groups from the Charles Koch Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union have concluded that the militarization of police erodes public trust and leads to increased police violence, while the use of military grade weapons has not been show to significantly reduce crime; and
WHEREAS, although the 1033 program offers military grade weaponry, armored vehicles, and other lethal equipment not appropriate for use by a municipal police force, the program also offers non-lethal resources such as construction and training supplies and equipment such as first aid kits, cameras and computers; and
WHEREAS, the City of Albuquerque should no long...

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