During his time in the Senate, Pat Toomey has rarely made an issue of police militarization and law enforcement responses to terrorism.
Which is what makes his current push to arm the police so puzzling.
In a letter to the White House last week, Toomey urged the president to rescind an executive order that blocked transfers of surplus high-caliber military equipment to local law enforcement.
“You have continued to restrict local police access to armored vehicles, explosives, protective helmets, and other lifesaving, federal equipment,” Toomeywrote to Obama. “Specifically, you have restricted local police departments from using federal funds for these items.”
Toomey cited the BearCat vehicle that saved lives while the Orlando attacker was taking hostages inside the nightclub in order to bolster his argument that police departments need access to this type of equipment.
Yeah, about that thing. The Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck (BearCat) is fine for a SWAT team, but not if they're being called out for routine bullshit. It is not appropriate for the Deputy Sheriff of Shit Holler, Kentucky to have as his personal vehicle, which is what happens when local law enforcement begins amassing military-grade weapons and equipment. Despite the fact that these agencies weren't supposed to get this gear, they got it anyway. So much for the rule of law.
The police have too much of this stuff. They are fully militarized and this prevents them from serving and protecting their citizens. Haven't we figured this out yet?
How about we talk about the lives of the people who are saved when the police aren't using military weapons to kill them during traffic stops and the like? Senator Toomey is not exactly concerned about their body count, is he?