In an effort to combat unrest and encourage trust-building between police and the communities they serve, President Obama issued an executive order Monday that banned transferring military-grade weapons to local police departments.
Senator Pat Toomey voice this opposition to this action in a letter sent to the White House.
In this letter, Toomey explains that this makes “insulting assumptions about police.”
“I am deeply concerned [that the task force] has bought into a false narrative about law enforcement-one that paints America’s police officers as the cause of unrest and violence, as opposed to the brave defense against it,” writes Toomey.
He continues, “We in the federal government should be supporting (police), not hindering them with undue red tape.”
This action echoes a pro-police speech Toomey gave on the Senate floor about two weeks ago.
Additionally, the Senator and the state’s police unions teamed up with them last year to successfully torpedo a Justice Department nominee.
The White House responded to Toomey’s letter, saying the Senator’s message may “alienate and intimidate local residents and send the wrong message.”