Alabama Senate Votes to Give Church Its Own Armed Police Force

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A church in Alabama is well on its way to having its own police force. On Tuesday, Alabama state senators voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill that would allow Briarwood Presbyterian, in suburban Birmingham, to have its own cops.

By Kali Holloway | Alternet

Now the proposed legislation heads to the desk of Governor Kay Ivey, who was sworn in days ago after Robert Brentley resigned in disgrace over a sex scandal.

Alabama Senate Bill 193 is sponsored by Republican Majority Leader J.T. „Jabo“ Waggoner, who has represented the district for nearly 30 years, making him one of the longest-serving — and most powerful — senators in the state legislature. The bill would endow the church with the power to “appoint and employ one or more persons to act as police officers,” and would give members of the church police department “all of the powers of law enforcement officers in this state.”

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