Colorado Law Enforcement Banned From Buying More Military Equipment
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The Colorado State Patrol and the Sedgewick County Sheriff’s Department were suspended from the DOD “1033” program earlier this year after purchasing a number of military-grade weapons and equipment, KMGH-TV learned after a CALL7 investigation.
An annual inventory audit in early 2014 found that the State Patrol lost an M-16 assault rifle it received from the DOD in 2007…
More than $4.3 billion worth of military weapons and equipment have been sent to local and state law enforcement agencies since 1990.
Critics say the program has “over-militarized” local police departments.
An investigation of Colorado law enforcement conducted by 9News.com found that 1,160 M-16s and eight mine-resistant vehicles were acquired by law enforcement under 1033. Florence Police Department in Fremont County alone has received more than $3.7 million in excess property since 2003.
mrsgunka August 30th, 2014 at 9:03 pm
Good Lord! We have 2-3 military bases and 100 miles north of Denver another one in Cheyenne. Don’t we have enough military power with out all that extra. We also have NORAD for anything coming in by air/missile. Talk about over-kill. Hope the state patrol and police dept stay out of any fray! They’ll shoot anything that moves…esp if they are black!
Cosmic_Surfer September 5th, 2014 at 8:44 am
Not to mention the three less than 50 miles south of Denver and one in Aurora (plus the NSA)
tiredoftea August 30th, 2014 at 10:04 pm
One small step for man.