Acquisition of military and police equipment in Waterloo, IA

Kevin Rutledge on October 28, 2014
Kevin Rutledge shares a recent encounter with Senator Rand Paul on the issue militarization of local police forces.

"What steps will you take to make sure acquisition of military and police equipment is driven by public interest, such as the $250,000 Bearcat we have here in Waterloo?”

Senator Rand Paul's response:

Paul: “Surplus equipment shouldn't be brand new. We found a third of this equipment was brand new, which means they’re just churning the equipment.

Me: (I tried to interrupt and say.. “Yeah I heard about this in New Hampshire”)

Paul: "I also object to the 12,000 bayonets. What are the police gonna do?"

Me: "So what steps are you gonna take?"

Paul: "We have legislation that we have been working on and I think Coburn is the lead sponsor that will probably be introduced to you in several..." (something…loud noise, can’t hear, then leaves to shake more hands).

“Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, is sponsoring the legislation, which would block state and local police from receiving broad categories of military-grade equipment, including M-16 rifles, MRAP vehicles and camouflage equipment. He also proposes to require local police that have received such equipment in recent years to return it to the Defense Department.”

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Kevin Rutledge AFSC Governing Under the Influence Presidential Campaign Project

Kevin Rutledge is the Grassroots Education Coordinator with AFSC’s Presidential Campaign Project in Iowa.  Kevin has deep family roots in Quaker activism for peace and social justice.  A graduate from Iowa State University in Sociology and Criminal Justice, his previous work includes: United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) organizer, Public Citizen online organizer to overturn Citizens United, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, and a youth residential treatment facility.  Kevin hopes to one day return to Brazil and live by the beach.

“What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill .