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As Violent Crime Drops, Why Is Law Enforcement More Militarized?

Matt Vespa  What is the 1033 program? Well, it’s a law that says excess equipment from the Department of Defense can be transferred to local law enforcement. It started in the 1990s. Since then, $4.3 billion in equipment has been handed over to local police forces. These military equipment exchanges will reach record highs this

Indiana Sheriff: We Need Military Equipment Because USA Is A War Zone

An Indiana sheriff has defended the large scale transference of military equipment into the hands of law enforcement nationwide, declaring that cops need gear previously used in Iraq and Afghanistan because America is now a battlefield.  Recently there have been a spate of reports documenting the trend of the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland

Police State: Mine-resistant, bulletproof military truck added County Sheriff’s fleet

 Residents of Saginaw County, Mich. could soon find themselves confronted by a behemoth best suited for the war-torn streets of Afghanistan. According to Sheriff William Federspiel, his department recently obtained a Mine Resistant Ambush Proof (MRAP) vehicle straight from the U.S. Army. Those already wary of encroaching totalitarianism might find the acquisition unsettling; however, Federspiel

Wisconsin State Police Receive 160 Automatic M-16 Rifles

The Rundown Live – by Kristan T. Harris According to a freedom of information request  by MuckRock, Wisconsin State Police have received 160 M-16 automatic military rifles. The Department of Defense’s 1033 program is to blame. The program allows for local law enforcement agencies to get their hands on these goodies. The 1033 program also permits the resale or transfer of military weapons and