Oversight of Federal Programs for Equipping State and Local Law Enforcement, Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, September 9, 2014 [open pdf - 2MB]
This testimony compilation is from the September 9, 2014 hearing "Oversight of Federal Programs for Equipping State and Local Law Enforcement," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Thomas R. Carper: "One month ago today, an unarmed young man named Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a local policeman in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. It has been stated that the officer was acting in self-defense. While the incident remains under investigation, this much is known. It has caused very real pain for Mr. Brown's family, as well as for many residents of Ferguson and for others across the country. The events that unfolded in Ferguson have sparked a much needed national discussion on a range of issues, including police strategy, law enforcement response to civil protest and unrest, and race relations. The purpose of today's hearing, though, is not to explore what happened in Ferguson on that fateful day or to assign blame. That is the responsibility of our judicial system. Rather, the purpose of today's hearing is to examine the effectiveness of federal programs that provide State and local police with surplus military equipment and grant funding for equipment, exercises, planning, and training. The issues we will be discussing today are not just about Ferguson. They affect communities across our nation. As we take a deep dive into the federal programs that help equip state and local law enforcement agencies, we want to explore the value of these programs to police, the communities they serve, and the taxpayers." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Thomas R. Carper, Tom Coburn, Claire McCaskill, Alan F. Estevez, Brian E. Kamoie, Karol Mason, Jim Bueermann, Peter B. Kraska, Mark Lomax, Wiley Price, and Hilary O. Shelton.
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