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BLM says Biden sending more military equipment ‘to our neighborhoods’ than Trump

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On Tuesday, shortly before the Derek Chauvin verdict was announced, the organization Black Lives Matter said that President Joe Biden “is currently sending more military equipment to our neighborhoods than” former President Donald Trump did.

The statement was part of a thread urging people to sign a petition demanding “that Biden demilitarize our neighborhoods” and end the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO), known as the 1033 Program. BLM’s statement came as the nation and the world waited with bated breath for the historic verdict of former Minneapolis police officer Chauvin, who was ultimately convicted Tuesday on all charges of murder and manslaughter in the May 2020 death of George Floyd.

“Biden’s first 100 days are up in 10 days. By then we need him to #End1033, which transfers military equipment into the hands of police across the country– including school & campus police,” BLM tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “Another example? The military you see out on your streets ahead of the Chauvin verdict.”

“Biden is currently sending more military equipment to our neighborhoods than Trump did. You read that right,” the organization added. “Our communities are being terrorized at a greater rate than they had been under Trump.”

According to the LESO’s website, the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 1997 from which the program originates “allows transfer of excess Department of Defense property (equipment) that might otherwise be destroyed to law enforcement agencies across the United States and its territories,” including to school law enforcement.

Furthermore, the program since its founding has transferred more than $7.5 Billion worth of property, according to its website. In Fiscal Year 2020 alone, a reported $252 Million worth of property (based on initial acquisition cost) was transferred to law enforcement agencies, of which more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies have enrolled in the program.

According to BLM’s petition, “the flow of military equipment to police under the 1033 Program has accelerated under the Biden administration” and “based on recent reporting, police might just receive even more military equipment under the Biden administration than they did with the Trump administration.” The organization could be referring to the reported plans of Biden to bring back Obama-era restrictions governing the transfer of military equipment to police on January 26 that never happened, which the Security Reform Policy Institute believes is the result of reported lobbying from the the National Association of Police Organizations.

The petition argues that “military-style weapons and equipment have no place in our streets,” communities, schools, or campuses, adding that “they especially have no place in the hands of police — violent upholders of white supremacy that have no regard for Black life.”

The effort calls on the president to end the 1033 Program, which BLM said enables and upholds white supremacy, “with the stroke of a pen” before his first 100 days are up.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @DouglasPBraff.

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DOJ charges eleven pro-life protesters ‘aided and abetted by one another’

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Eleven pro-life protesters were charged with violating federal law by the Department of Justice Wednesday for blocking abortion clinics. The individuals, “aided and abetted by one another, used force and physical obstruction to injure, intimidate, and interfere with employees of the clinic and a patient who was seeking reproductive health services” said the DOJ.

According to a summary of the indictment, seven of the demonstrators were charged with conspiracy against rights secured by the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which prohibits obstructing the entrance to an abortion facility. The remaining four were charged with violating the legislation.

Pro-life activist AJ Hurley told Live Action News  the FBI raided the home of Chester Gallagher, the organizer of the protest and one of the accused conspirators, on Tuesday with guns drawn. He said Gallagher’s neighbors told him Gallagher was out of state when the FBI showed up and entered his home.

National Review reports that Hurley also told Live Action News that the FBI reportedly recently called a few of the charged individuals to tell them they had arrest warrants and that they must turn themselves in. If convicted, those charged with conspiracy could face up to eleven years in prison and fines up to $250,000, the DOJ confirmed.

National Review writes:

Gallagher allegedly advertised a series of pro-life events on social media for March 2021 in the Nashville area. The indictment claims he and other coordinators recruited participants to travel to the city and erect a blockade, which Gallagher allegedly called a “rescue,” at Carafem Health Center Clinic in Mount Juliet, Tenn., to prevent pregnant women from pursuing abortions.

A livestream of the stand-in shows activists chanting and singing prayer up the stairs to and along the hallway outside the abortion clinic, located in an office complex. Police officers eventually appeared in the video urging them to take their protest outside to the sidewalk.

“This is not allowed guys. Asking you to leave the property or I will call the police,” a security guard can be heard saying. The indictment alleges that the group prevented a patient and an employee from entering the facility. After they refused to leave the premises, the activists were reportedly escorted away to jail by police on misdemeanor trespassing charges. One pro-life activist wroteon March 6, 2021, on Facebook the claim that one “rescuer” was held on $1,000 bail, six, including Gallagher, on $1,500 bail, and two on $2,500 bail.

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