(Boise Weekly) The MRAPs, grenade launchers and assault rifles were easy to get through the Defense Department's 1033 program. It's returning them, police departments across the country are learning, that's the tricky part, Mother Jones reports.
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.
Even before the militarization of police became a household conversation topic this summer, stemming from heavily armed police confronting demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo., some law enforcement agencies began to see the military equipment they'd acquired through the 1033 program as high maintenance, unwieldy or otherwise useless in community policing efforts. According to a representative of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), in the last 10 years, police departments have returned more than 6,000 such items to the Pentagon.
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