Detroit Police Chief James Craig slammed Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) this week after Markey called for disarming “every police department” of certain types of weapons and non-lethal munitions.
“Portland police routinely attack peaceful protestors with brute force,” Markey tweeted. “We must disarm these officers, and every other police department in America, of weapons of war, and enact a nationwide ban on tear gas, rubber and plastic bullets, and bean bag rounds.”
“Weapons of war” is frequently used to describe semi-automatic firearms.
“Our streets are not meant to be battlefields, and law enforcement shouldn’t be using weapons of war against protestors and other Americans,” Markey said in a statement. “Law enforcement’s use of tear gas also compounds the effects of structural racism, because we know communities of color are already suffering disproportionately during this global respiratory pandemic. It’s time we stop using these potentially lethal weapons against our own people.”
Craig was asked to respond to Markey’s comments during an