To the fact checkers: The Pentagon's 1033 program has given billions of dollars worth of equipment to American police departments. This equipment has value and many police department budgets rely on this free or highly subsidized equipment to stay running. It is our opinion that threatening this funding and subsidized equipment constitutes an attempt to "defund" American police departments.

Take a good, long look at that picture above. That was captured two nights ago in Kenosha, Wisconsin. You can see a "peaceful protester" -- armed with what appears to be an AR-15 -- stop a Kenosha County Sheriff's Office vehicle in its tracks. The officers inside had to use teargas to disperse the lawless crowd and, no surprise, the Biden Supporters (that's what we're calling the rioters now) ran away.

Here is the point: that vehicle is called a BearCat. It is an armored police/swat vehicle designed to protect officers who are arriving at active crime scenes, riots, or terrorist attacks. BearCats are not cheap. They cost around 300k when purchased brand new. Most small towns and cities can't afford that. For them to keep their police safe, they rely on a Pentagon program known as Program 1033.

Program 1033 is a win-win. It helps the United States Military recycle old or unused military equipment by giving it to law enforcement agencies to use. The Pentagon gets to avoid having to store and maintain old equipment and police departments get to avoid buying their gear new...

Already this year, Wisconsin Police Departments have received at least 42 armored vehicles like the BearCat from the Pentagon under Program 1033. While we are still trying to figure out how Kenosha County acquired this BearCat, chances are it was acquired under Program 1033. We can confirm that this year, at least one police department in Kenosha County, WI received an armored vehicle from the Pentagon.

Over the past three months, we have seen just how valuable Program 1033 is. All across this country, local and state police departments have deployed to stop riots using riot shields, riot helmets, batons, swat uniforms, tear gas launchers, night vision equipment, helicopters, and armored vehicles that they received from the United States Military. Innocent people would be dead and many more livelihoods would be ruined had it not been for the surplus military equipment being used by police officers...

But in Leftist-fashion, Democrats are now advancing legislation to roll back Program 1033 and leave police departments to fend for themselves!

Don't let Democrats sneak this anti-police amendment through! Please, send your instant FaxBlast to Congress right now and threaten to REMOVE any Republican or Democrat who dares vote for the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act!

The bill is called the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act. Originally introduced back in the Obama years, and reintroduced every year since, the legislation would prohibit the Pentagon from sending surplus firearms, ammunition, less-than-lethal weapons (like tasers or batons), drones, tear gas canisters/launchers, or armored vehicles to state and local law enforcement agencies.

But like every bill, it gets worse. The legislation would also require the Pentagon to claw-back surplus equipment already disbursed whenever an officer in a police department becomes investigated for violating someone rights or liberties.

Every police department in the country has, at some point, been accused of violating someone's rights. Sometimes the complaints are justified, many times they are not. Whenever a police officer is found to have broken the law, violated someone's rights, or injured or killed an innocent person, we believe that those cops should be held accountable. But not all cops are like that. The vast majority of police officers are good people who care for their communities and just want to get home safe to their families at the end of the night...

The Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act is written, however, so that whenever a police department is accused of violating someone's rights, they would lose the riot equipment they received from the Pentagon.

That is INSANE. If this bill had been passed into law, the police in Kenosha would have to give up their Pentagon-sourced weapons, equipment, and armored vehicles this week since there is an active investigation into the shooting of Jacob Blake. While we are awaiting the outcome of that investigation, we now know that Blake had a warrant for his arrest for past sexual assault and domestic violence, police were called because he was back at the home, he got into a physical altercation with officers on the scene, was unsuccessfully tasered, ignored at least 7 lawful orders to stop moving, and may have had a knife in his hand when he was shot...

The point is that if this bill is passed, Kenosha will lose the very equipment their officers used last night to quell the violence and stop the entire city from being burned to the ground.

Only an idiot would look at what is happening around the country and conclude that police need to be disarmed and defunded. No surprise, this bill was written by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), the same man who once said he was worried that an increased American troop presence on the island of Guam would cause the island to tip over and capsize (not a joke, he actually said that).

Democrats have been trying to pass this bill for years. But now, they think they have the momentum to do it. And they are already picking up GOP supporters...

Don't let Democrats sneak this anti-police amendment through! Please, send your instant FaxBlast to Congress right now and threaten to REMOVE any Republican or Democrat who dares vote for the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act!

When Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was told back in June about the Democrats' plan to cut off police departments' access to Pentagon surplus, he said -- and I quote -- that he is "happy to help!"

I have shared with you the text of the stand-alone bill that was introduced. But that is not how Democrats plan to get it passed into law. They know that no Republican would dare vote specifically for a bill to defund law enforcement agencies. Democrats instead plan to force the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act into the annual Defense Department appropriations bill as an amendment and then force Republicans to accept it.

This is what Democrats always do. They attach ridiculous amendments to must-pass spending bills and then threaten to blame Republicans for the government shutdown if they don't agree to pass it.

This is what defunding police looks like. Without the Pentagon's Program 1033, most police departments would not be able to afford the equipment they need to keep their communities safe. We would see more riots, looting, destruction, and killing.

That is the America the Democrats want to create... and it is up to YOU to rise up right now and stop them!

Our goal today is to bombard Congressional offices with half a million FaxBlasts, putting them on notice that if they vote for this, either as a stand-alone bill or amendment, they will be removed from office. But we need your help to do it!

Don't let Democrats sneak this anti-police amendment through! Please, send your instant FaxBlast to Congress right now and threaten to REMOVE any Republican or Democrat who dares vote for the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act!

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Max McGuire

Advocacy Director

Conservative Daily