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Pentagon fueled Ferguson Confrontation
The Pentagon might not have boots on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by police on Saturday, but it does have wheels on the street.
Michelle McCaskill, media relations chief at the Defense Logistics Agency, confirms that the Ferguson Police Department is part of a federal program called 1033 that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars of surplus military equipment to civilian police forces across the United States. The materials range from small items, such as pistols and automatic rifles, to heavy armored vehicles such as the MRAPs used in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Police forces pick up surplus military supplies
"In 2013 alone, $449,309,003.71 worth of property was transferred to law enforcement," the agency's website states.
originally posted by: lightedhype
a reply to: Xcathdra
And you defending the militarization of the police force is reprehensible.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
This is not new and has been around for a long time. The items are restricted as well. The bulk of what the armed forces use is incompatible with civilian law enforcement.
Trying to pass this off as something it is not is irresponsible.
originally posted by: LDragonFire
What would mission creep on this look like? Cruise missiles, maybe they will give them there A-10's, some tomahawks, and Apache helicopters.