Petition Closed
Petitioning Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones and 10 others

HUD: Ban Tactical Police Training in Residential Properties

28,189
Supporters

No person should have to live in a simulated war zone where they may be subjected to physical and or emotional danger at the hands of any law enforcement agency for the purposes of training in a realistic setting. But that's what HUD and the Albany Housing Authority let happen to my daughter, my community, and me.

On March 21, 2013 Residents of the Albany Housing Authority were terrorized by local law enforcement conducting an unannounced tactical training of a hostage situation. Families were confined to their homes and threatened with arrest while law enforcement used simulated ammunition, flash grenades and real tear gas turning the community into a simulated war zone.

My 4-year-old daughter was one of the many children at home during the incident, which left damaged property, fake blood and shell casing all over our community. When the police returned to clean up, she was pysically shaking from fear at the site of them. The Albany Police Department has apologized, but HUD has stayed silent.

HUD’s mission is to utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. Tactical training does not support that mission or fall under the scope or purpose of HUD. Federally subsidized housing is for the benefit of the consumer, not local government agencies who need a training ground for their war games.

The potential damage to children, their families and other residents far outweighs the need of any government agency to train in a real world setting that terrorizes not only HUD residents, but the entire surrounding community.

HUD needs to create and implement a national policy banning all such training as it is inconsistent with HUD’s mission and contributes to a deterioration of quality of life for HUD residents and the surrounding communities. It is in HUD's power to provide basic human right protections to its consumers and its resident’s nationwide and we are calling on HUD to do so.

 

Letter to
Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones
New York State Senate
New York State House
and 8 others
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Director, Fair Housing John Trasvina
Senior Advisor, Deputy Secretary Mike Anderson
Senior Advisor, SEcretary Estelle Richman
U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Secretary
U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Secretary
New York Governor
Ban all tactical training by law enforcement and military in all residential properties that are federally subsidized. No person should have to live in a simulated war zone where they may be subjected to physical and or emotional danger at the hands of any law enforcement agency for the purposes of training in a realistic setting. On March 21, 2013 Residents of the Albany Housing Authority were terrorized by local law enforcement conducting an unannounced tactical training of a hostage situation. Families were confined to their homes and threatened with arrest while law enforcement used simulated ammunition, flash grenades and real tear gas turning the community into a simulated war zone. The children, elderly and other residents were forced to witness what appeared to be military action outside their homes and then forced to relive the ordeal daily as damaged property, fake blood and shell casing were evident long after the training was over.
HUD’s mission is to utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. Tactical training does not support that mission or fall under the scope or purpose of HUD. Federally subsidized housing is for the benefit of the consumer, not local government agencies who need a training ground for their war games. The potential damage to children, their families and other residents far outweighs the need of any government agency to train in a real world setting that terrorizes not only HUD residents but the entire surrounding community.
HUD needs to create and implement a national policy banning all such training as it is inconsistent with HUD’s mission and contributes to a deterioration of quality of life for HUD residents and the surrounding communities. It is in HUD power to provide basic human right protections to its consumers and its resident’s nationwide and we are calling on HUD to do so. HUD’S resources should not be made available to further any mission that is not aligned with the HUD mission.