Albuquerque City Council rejects ban on accepting military equipment from feds

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque City Council rejected a proposal that would have prohibited the Albuquerque Police Department from accepting a surplus of military equipment. “We want to continue to look at our officers as guardians, and not as warriors against a war zone in our communities,” said Albuquerque City Councilor Lan Sena.

City councilors Pat Davis and Lan Sena sponsored the resolution that would have withdrawn Albuquerque from a federal program allowing law enforcement agencies to get that equipment on the cheap. Those against the move argued the program has delivered much-needed equipment in the past.

“Just because the equipment comes from the DOD doesn’t make the equipment dirty. Ammo could come from that, sights and scopes, there’s a storage container that we were told tonight that’s being used. This is all equipment that is utilized by the police force to keep us safe on the streets,” said Albuquerque City Councilor Brook Bassan.

The proposal failed on a split four-to-four vote meaning APD can still participate in the program if the leadership chooses. The department has not participated in the current administration.

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