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Readiness Chairman Garamendi Echoes Chairman Smith’s Demand for Answers on the Militarization of America

June 3, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, issued the following statement in support of Armed Services Committee Chairman Smith’s demand for answers on the militarization of police in America:

“Our nation is in pain and calling out for moral leadership. Instead of hearing these calls and rising to the occasion, President Trump has escalated tensions by using chemical agents, active duty troops and the full might of our nation’s police force to violently remove peaceful protestors so he could get a photo op in front of St. John’s Church. Instead of offering sympathy for the Floyd family and the families of over 100,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19, President Trump has used military force to respond to protests and even advocated for extrajudicial killings of Americans on Twitter.

“I’m gravely concerned about the militarization of our police forces in Washington and across the nation at the President’s behest. I see no evidence that the President understands or respects the Posse Comitatus Act, which limits the use of the U.S. Military to enforce domestic policies. I was pleased to see Armed Services Committee Chairman, Adam Smith, express similar concerns this week and call for the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to testify before the committee to explain this militarization of our police forces. I strongly support the Chairman’s actions and implore Secretary Esper and Chairman Milley to appear before our committee and speak to this matter. Our nation is crying out for leadership, and we must answer the call,” Garamendi said.