There is simply no reason for police to be armed like the military. As the ACLU says in its excellent report War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing, "Our neighborhoods are not warzones, and police officers should not be treating us like wartime enemies." The police must be made to "protect and serve" our communities, not wage war on the people who live in them.
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Medea Benjamin is the cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace and author of Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection.