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March 30, 2015

Feds Rethink Sending Military Equipment to Civilian Police

The Associated Press reports that “after a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.”

“The public has absorbed images of heavily armed police, snipers trained on protesters and tear gas plumes. Against that backdrop, Attorney General Eric Holder said that when police and citizens need to restore calm, ‘I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message.'”

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