By Alice Salles | Watchdog.org
During the Black Lives Matter March for Justice & Unity rally that took place in central Los Angeles on February 21st, hundreds marched from Southwest Division Police Headquarters to Leimert Park to listen to leaders of the Los Angeles African American community.
Several speakers touched on the subject of militarization of the police. Loved ones of victims spoke in support of the rally, and religious leaders called for more peace, less friction.
One of the leaders who addressed the crowd was Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA). During her speech, the California Democrat urged the crowd to continue the struggle. She showed her support for the #BlackLivesMatter cause and vowed to continue defending her constituents in Washington.
Moments after she stepped down from the stage, VoicesofLiberty.com news editor Nick Hankoff approached the congresswoman to inquire about her 2014 vote against the Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) amendment. The addition proposed by Grayson would have halted the Pentagon’s 1033 program.
The congresswoman did not remember her reasoning for voting against the provision.
Having Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL)’s amendment attached to HR. 4870 would have stopped the Pentagon from sending surplus military material such as weapons and equipment used in wars abroad to local police departments nationwide. The amendment failed. Bass and most members of the black caucus voted against it.
Weapons that would remain out of the reach of local police departments if the law had passed included transfer aircrafts, armored vehicles, grenade launchers, silencers, toxicological agents, launch vehicles, guided missiles, ballistic missiles, rockets, torpedoes, bombs, mines, and nuclear weapons.
When reached for further comment, Rep. Bass justified her vote against the amendment by claiming it would have deprived local police departments from important materials such as pepper spray. To protect police departments from losing these materials, Karen Bass voted against the amendment.
In spite of Karen Bass’ stance, most Americans do not believe militarized weapons seem fit for local law enforcement use.