Group protests racism, police misconduct outside Dept. of Justice

Protesters gathered outside of the Department of Justice Monday evening to bring attention to the issue of police misconduct.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Protesters gathered outside of the Department of Justice Monday evening to bring attention to the issue of police misconduct.

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The group "Stop Killing Us" held its demonstration on the same day Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Donald Trump's administration would once again grant police departments access to military surplus equipment. 

Former President Barack Obama initially put an end to the practice in 2015.

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WUSA9 asked the founder of Stop Killing Us, Curtis Gatewood, how he felt about President Trump's reversal. 

He said he felt it would amount to the militarization of the police.

"In Ferguson, the militarization of the police department became so obvious, people couldn't turn on their TV, and they didn't know whether they were looking at a country like Iraq when they were looking at the actual streets of America," Gatewood said.

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The group also said the U.S. government needs to do more to protect Americans from domestic racial terrorism.
 

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