(Fort Worth Star-Telegram) Six military helicopters, a Boeing 737 and more than 40 armored tactical vehicles are now in the hands of Texas police.
But two agencies don’t qualify. Officers lost weapons. Or sold them.
The police department in the Eastland County town of Rising Star is suspended from the program, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman confirmed Thursday.
Police departments are acquiring major battlefield equipment that emboldens officials to strong-arm those they should be protecting. “Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming our Reality” (Autographed) chronicles how we got to this point.
In February, a federal grand jury indicted former police Chief William Kelcy of Early over the resale or trade of more than $4 million in military weapons and equipment, including an M14 assault rifle.