Congressman Mo Brooks tours Elkmont auto parts plant, defends police use of military weapons in Ferguson, MO

ELKMONT, Ala. (WHNT) – Congressman Mo Brooks was in Limestone County Monday to tour an automotive parts manufacturing facility. EFI Automotive produces a number of specialty parts for engines and transmissions. But as WHNT News 19 learned the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri was also top of mind.

Congressman Brooks got a first hand look at the research and development of automotive parts design and production in Elkmont. He admitted Elkmont is not the first place that comes to mind when you think about this industry. but EFI officials say Limestone County has been a perfect fit.

“And i think thats really what, why his visit matters to us, is to make sure that he understands whats important to us and our environment so that he can make the right decisions,” explains EFI Automotive Vice President and General Manager Pascal Auburtin.

Following his tour, Congressman Brooks spoke candidly about the on-going unrest in Ferguson, and says he takes issue with those calling for a de-militarization of local police. Brooks says if the military equipment is available and local law enforcement needs it, he wants them to have it.

“What I don’t want to have happen is for a bunch of Washington politicians to try to make this a political issue when it really should be an issue within the law enforcement community,” Brooks said.

Brooks pointed out the police use of military weapons, vehicles and body armor in Ferguson had not resulted in the injury of any civilians and had been used to protect police officers and the public from rioting protestors.


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