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LETTERS

Boston Police Department’s military-style equipment doesn’t exactly make people feel safer

Protesters marching against police brutality and the death of George Floyd gather in front of Boston Police Department District 4 on Harrison Avenue on May 29.
Protesters marching against police brutality and the death of George Floyd gather in front of Boston Police Department District 4 on Harrison Avenue on May 29.Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

In “Police deals for army-style gear listed” (Page A1, June 24), we learn that Boston police have semiautomatic rifles, grenade launchers, and three armored vehicles, among other gear, and that Mayor Walsh and the police department have assured us that this is not military equipment but rather is “intended for civilian use.”

Does this mean that these weapons are intended for use on civilians?

We are also told that the police department “takes its responsibility to protect the people of Boston seriously.”

In what twisted world does this make any sense, and why are the residents of Boston paying for military-grade weapons?

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Susannah Clark

Melrose


Re “Police deals for army-style gear listed”: My sign in support of Black Lives Matter says “Defund the military — demilitarize the police.”

Let us reduce the killing of people of color (the global majority) in the United States and around the world and instead invest resources into making life better for everyone.

Cynthia Snow

Brookline