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Lawmakers question practice of giving military equipment to police
Lawmakers question practice of giving military equipment to police

Responding to public outcry over images of heavily armed police officers in Ferguson, Mo., last month, lawmakers called Tuesday for closer examination of federal programs that distribute military equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies. "Most Americans were uncomfortable with a suburban street in St. Louis being transformed into a war zone," said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). "Those lawful, peaceful protesters did not deserve to be treated like enemy combatants." Since 1997, the Pentagon has provided more than $5 billion worth of military equipment to local police agencies as a way to get rid of surplus weaponry and gear. The local agencies can get...

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