Lack of Oversight Seen in Federal Military-Gear Giveaway

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Initiatives to rein in the militarization of police departments have been discussed by politicians in California, Connecticut, Indiana, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee and Vermont. They face an uphill battle, in part because of the administrative route that law enforcement uses to acquire the gear, reports Stateline.org.

The equipment flows through a Pentagon surplus operation known as the 1033 Program, which makes available gear that the military no longer wants. Local agencies — including state and local police, and others such as natural resources . . .

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