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In Face of White House Review, Why Cops Say Military Equipment Must Be ‘Readily Available’ to Police

Law enforcement organizations are defending a Defense Department program that provides surplus military equipment to local police, even as it faces a White House review and bipartisan criticism after the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Police in the St. Louis suburb were sharply criticized for wearing military gear and using military-style weapons and vehicles to deal with unrest after a white police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black.

 


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In this April 1, 2014 photo, police use a military-grade vehicle during a standoff in St. Cloud, Minn. (AP Photo/The St. Cloud Times, Jason Wachter)

In this April 1, 2014 photo, police use a military-grade vehicle during a standoff in St. Cloud, Minn. (AP Photo/The St. Cloud Times, Jason Wachter)  

While there is the potential for a local police department to misuse its advanced equipment, “that’s not a reason to throw the baby out with the bathwater,” Cedric Alexander, president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, told TheBlaze.

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