Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Patrick Dorismond: Remembering a Victim of the War on Drugs

Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Source: Wikimedia Commons.

President Barack Obama has wielded his executive authority to reduce the amount of military equipment flowing to local cops. His action comes in response to demonstrations of force by policy during the civil disturbances in Ferguson and Baltimore. Congressmen on the right and left also have been up in arms about this matter, albeit for different reasons.

The 1033 program, as it’s termed, sends $500,000 annually in Pentagon war gear to communities big and small. “We’ve seen,” the president told a Camden, N.J. crowd, “how militarized gear can sometimes give people the feeling like there’s an occupied force, as opposed to a force that is part of that community it is protecting and serving.” So, the flow of MRAP (mine-resistant ambush-protected) vehicles and the like will slow a bit…. (Read more at

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