The Militarization of Local Police Departments | Snapshot Open The Books Oversight Report 21_The_Militarization_of_Local_Police_Depts

May 10, 2016 03:12 PM
"Why are small town police armed with M16 and M14 rifles, 
night-vision googles, bayonets and armored trucks?"
Despite public outcry, new federal data shows that 2014 and 2015 were peak years for shipments of surplus military gear to local police departments across America.
We quantified the transfer of 1.5 million weapons-related items worth $2.2 billion from the Department of Defense (DoD) to federal, state and local law enforcement since 2006.  
We found a federally sponsored ‘gun show’ that never ends. 
Over 6,400 police agencies across America received military equipment. 
What did your police department get? Use our new mapping tool and quickly search the military ‘gun locker’ in every ZIP code across America.
It’s no secret the American people are distrustful of our political class, and rightly so. Transparency is the first step to help restore the trust and build accountability.
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