Why Are We Allowing the NRA to Train America’s Cops?

Police abuse is in the national headlines again following the killing of a young black man, 22 year-old Stephon Clark, by Sacramento police officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet on March 18. The officers fired 20 rounds at Clark in his grandmother’s backyard based on a report about a man breaking car windows. Clark, who was unarmed, was hit six times in the back, once in the leg, and once in the neck as he was collapsing. Dr. Bennett Omalu of “Concussion” fame conducted an independent autopsy and believes Clark was still alive for 3–10 minutes after the shooting. But Mercadal and Robinet failed to administer first aid or call an ambulance. Instead, they handcuffed Clark, turned their body camera mics off, and watched him bleed out.

We live in a society where law enforcement routinely escalates violence to unnecessary levels, particularly when dealing with people of color. In the first three months of 2018, police officers in the United States have already killed 264 people (nearly 1,000 were killed in 2017). And yet we continue to allow our cops to be trained by a treasonous, violent, white supremacist organization: the National Rifle Association.

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There are more than 13,000 law enforcement instructors nationwide who have been trained and certified by the NRA.
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NRA-favorite Dave Grossman teaches law enforcement officers that killing is sanctioned by the Bible.
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The officer who killed Philando Castile, Jeronimo Yanez, had attended a “Bulletproof Warrior” training with Dave Grossman two years earlier.

Gun control professional/volunteer who’s worked for CSGV, George Takei’s One Pulse for America, MMM, MDPGV. Advocate for bolder pro-democracy agenda.

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