Police officers are supposed to serve and protect their communities. But military equipment makes it too easy to think of their communities as enemies. In a criminal justice system where young black men are too often presumed guilty (see: stop and frisk, the War on Drugs, mass incarceration), that's just one more step towards tragedy.
Statement of Legislative Policy
Militarization has permeated our society, skewing our national budget toward support for the military and its attendant industries and forcing our local economies increasingly to depend on them. Although national security is widely perceived to depend on military strength, more weapons do not provide more security. Military expansion provokes fear, resentment and potential retaliation. Threats tend to increase the hostility and distrust that lead to war.
We oppose the militarization of U.S. foreign and domestic policy, including the training of foreign military and paramilitary personnel and the use of U.S. military personnel in domestic policing. We affirm our opposition to military conscription and Selective Service registration and our support of legal accommodations for conscientious objection to military service and military taxation.