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Local law enforcement agencies given military weapons

Local law enforcement agencies given military weapons


KCRA 3 INVESTIGATES: GRENADE LAUNCHERS, BAYONETTES AND MINE RESISTANT VEHICLES JUST SOME OF THE MILITARY SURPLUS GEAR POLICE AGENCIES IN OUR AREA HAVE ACQUIRED RECENTLY FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. GOOD EVENING I’M GULSTAN DART. AND I’M EDIE LAMBERT IN TONIGHT FOR KELLIE DEMARCO. KCRA HAS LEARNED SEVERAL AGENCIES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED FROM THE PROGRAM BECAUSE OF MISSING WEAPONS. KCRA 3’S KEVIN OLIVER INVESTIGATES. THIS IS THE KIND OF EQUIPMENT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT, A MINE RESISTENT VEHICLE OBTAINED BY THE DAVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO KEEP IT AFTER AN UP RORY BY CITIZENS WHO SAID IT WASN’T NEEDED AND DO NOT WANT IT IN THEIR TOWN. I DO NOT FEEL SAFER WHEN I SEE AN ARMORED VEHICLE ROLLING DOWN MY OWN STREET. IT’S NOT THE ONLY ONE . BUT THAT’S NOT ALL. DATA REQUESTED BY KCRA 3 REVEALS MORE THAN 16,000 MILITARY SURPLUS ITEMS, MOSTLY GUNS WERE TURNED OVER THE POLICE AGENCIES ALL ACROSS CALIFORNIA. MORE THAN 17,000 RIFLES HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. THERE ARE OTHER ITEMS. THE STATE CORRECTION SYSTEM GOT MORE THAN 80 PAIR OF NIGHT VISION GOGGLES. THE WOODLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT GOT 16 BAY NETS AND GRENADE LAUNCHERS. THEY WERE GIVEN IT AS A PART OF THE SURPLUS PROGRAM. IN ORDER TO CONTINUE GETTING THE SURPLUSITE THOMAS POLICE DEPARTMENT VERSUS TO BE ABLE TO KEEP TRACK OF THEM. BUT WE LEARNED THAT’S WHERE SEVERAL CALIFORNIA AGENCIES HAVE RUN INTO TROUBLE. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE, STOCKTON POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED FROM THE PROGRAM AFTER AUDITS REVEAL A TOTAL OF SIX RIFLES WERE MISSING. AMONG THEM AN M-16 STOLEN FROM A


Reader Comments

  1. The mine-resistant vehicles would be useful for SWAT duty, such as responding to situations involving known extremely-dangerous suspects packing possible improvised mines and/or other unusually-destructive weapons.  Not so bayonets, however, excepting major riots and attempted lynchings.

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