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California bill aims to curb police adoption of military surplus
California bill aims to curb police adoption of military surplus

One of the surprising details that came to light during the recent debate over local police agencies outfitting themselves with surplus military equipment was the remarkable level of freedom police departments enjoyed in requesting weapons, armored personnel carriers, aircraft and other items. In many places, it was done without local public debate over whether communities wanted their police to be that heavily armed. That is changing at the federal level, and is the subject of a bill working its way through the California Legislature in Sacramento. Some of the stuff local agencies requested and received created a bizarre mismatch of mission and materiel, such as grenade launchers for...

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