Pentagon and Ferguson

Saturday, August 16, 2014:

–  “Department of Defense provided surplus military vehicles, rifles, pistols to local police departments.” USA Today article, about the Pentagon arming St. Louis country law enforcement agencies with rifles and pistols.

The article states, “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.”

Further, “Since the creation of the 1033 program by Congress in the early 1990s, the program has distributed $4.3 billion of excess equipment, ranging from innocuous office supplies to bomb-disposing robots and other advanced technology. The flood of military supplies — along with the continuing drug war and grant programs from other federal agencies that provide military-style equipment — has pushed the culture of police forces far from its law-enforcement roots.” All quotes are from a USA Today article by David Mastio and Kelsey Rupp on August 14, 2014.

For more information see Militarization of local enforcement.

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