Federal data shows that white supremacists and “terrorists” have infiltrated law enforcement departments across the United States and have killed thousands of people, according to a researcher and historian in Washington.
“We have a racial and human rights crisis in this country,” said Dr. Randy Short, a member of the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization.
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has stated that white terrorists, supremacists, racists, Nazis, clansmen have infiltrated the law enforcement departments across the country and they have killed people in the thousands in the last ten years,” Dr. Short told Press TV on Tuesday.
Many police recruits are military veterans that have previously murdered people during the US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries, he added.
US President Barack Obama plans to prohibit federal agencies from providing military-style weapons to police departments across the country, following unrest in US cities over the deaths of black men at the hands of mostly white police officers.
The White House said on Monday that the federal government will no longer fund or provide tracked armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft or vehicles, firearms or ammunition of .50-caliber or higher, grenade launchers, bayonets or camouflage uniforms.
The ban is part of Obama’s efforts to ease tensions between law enforcement departments and minority communities in reaction to the protests over police violence across the US.
He is taking the action after a task force he created in January decided that police departments should be barred from using federal funds to acquire military-style equipment.
The militarization of police and use of heavy-handed tactics against protesters, especially in communities of color like Ferguson and Baltimore, have become a major concern for many in the United States.
Obama’s new move to ban military-style weapons to police departments “means nothing” and will not end “apartheid policing” in the US, Mr. Short elaborated. “Obama again has shown really no leadership.”
Nearly 1,500 people were killed by police in the past 16 months, according to data collected by an activist group known as Killed By Police.
The actual figure, however, could be much higher than 1,500, as it only includes confirmed police killings.