A group from Watertown has joined a coalition of organizations opposing what they call militarization of law enforcement in the Boston area.
Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment has become part of STop Oppressive Militarized Police – STOMP. The group seeks to stop the “Police militarization” and “increased federal funding to state and local law enforcement for surveillance and repression” according to the STOMP Facebook page (click here to see the page). The group points to the lockdown in Watertown during the hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombing suspect is as one of the examples of militarization.
STOMP will hold a community speak out and teach-in on May 4 in Boston. The event coincides with Urban Shield – a joint training that will bring together members of law enforcement from around the Boston area.
The community speak out will be sponsored by the ACLU of Massachusetts, along with groups including Watertown Citizens. The event will be at 197A Humbolt Ave. in Boston from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. See more information by clicking here.