Chart: Pentagon Donations To Police Are Skyrocketing – Forbes

Local police agencies see need for military equipment – News – The State Journal-Register – Springfield, IL

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In order to curb the riots, the police deployed heavily-armed officers in armoured MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) assault vehicles. The images on the news wouldnt have looked out of place in warzones like Afghanistan or even Ukraine for that matter troops armed with assault rifles and night-vision goggles clad in body armour and camouflage clothing arranging road blocks and occupying strategic positions throughout the town. However, Ferguson isnt a warzone its a St. Louis suburb. The situation there has raised serious questions about the militarization of lawenforcement in the United States. The gear is inherited through the 1033 program and its value is skyrocketing this year.
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Value of military donations to law enforcement agencies in million U.S. dollars (Chart by Statista)

Louis with a mostly white police force have provided impetus to efforts to rein in the Pentagon program. It provides assault weapons and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies across the country. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee will review the program to determine whether the Defense Department surplus is being used as intended.
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Militarization of police goes too far, critics say – The Denver Post

A member of the St. Louis County Police Department, outfitted with paramilitary gear, points his weapon in the direction of a group of protesters Wednesday

We don’t need it on a typical callout, Campbell said. Sangamon County received the MRAP through a federal program that supplies police departments with military surplus equipment. Over the years, the department has received rifles, night vision equipment, boots, a generator and even a forklift. Page 2 of 2 – Campbell estimated that prior to receiving the $750,000 MRAP, the department had received about a million dollars worth of equipment from surplus program. The sheriff’s office only paid about $6,400 for the MRAP, which was the cost of shipping it from a Texas military base. Campbell declined to comment on the way Ferguson authorities have handled the protests.
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