Monday, June 9, 2014

Concern Grows as Military Weapons Flood Police Departments

New York Times reveals Obama has overseen rapid militarization of local law enforcement
Under the Obama administration, surplus weapons from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—from grenade launchers to machine guns to silencers—have militarized police departments across the United States at unprecedented levels, the New York Times revealed in an investigation published Sunday.

Pentagon data shows a massive transfer of military weapons to local law enforcement on Obama‘s watch, including “tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft,” writes journalist Matt Apuzzo.

Since 2006, police departments across the United States have received 432 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP0 armored vehicles, 435 other armored vehicles, and 533 planes and helicopters, the report reveals.

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