Pentagon Rethinks Giving Some Surplus Equipment to Police

Posted September 10, 2014 at 4:55am

“Senators grilled administration officials Tuesday about billions of dollars in military equipment and grants given to local police, and officials readily admitted changes should be considered,” according to U.S. News and World Report .  

“The officials faced a unanimously skeptical group of senators at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee called to consider militarized policing after the well-armed response to protests and looting in Ferguson, Missouri, last month.”  

“Much of the hearing focused on the Department of Defense’s congressionally authorized 1033 program, which since 1990 has supplied cops with $5.1 billion in used military equipment.”