(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, will chair a Senate hearing on the militarization of local police, she announced on Thursday.
The hearing will take place on Sept. 9 and McCaskill, the chairperson of the Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight — and also a senator from the state where police utilized military-style equipment in confrontations with protesters following the officer-involved shooting death of Michael Brown earlier this month — will lead. McCaskill was one of a number of political leaders who called on local authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, to “demilitarize” the tense situation.
The hearing will be held by the full Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 9.
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