Local Police Got M-16s, Mine-Resistant Vehicles From the Military

Categories: Crime

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a mine-resistant vehicle
Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, have raised questions about the militarization of American police departments. When angry protesters took to the streets to demand justice, Ferguson police responded with force. Cops in riot gear fired tear gas and stun grenades at marchers. At least one officer pointed his loaded assault rifle at demonstrators and threatened to kill them if they didn't obey orders.

Ferguson police, it was reported, had obtained their weaponry under something called the Law Enforcement Support Office Program. LESO, as it is known, supplies local police departments with leftover U.S. military equipment.

What hasn't been reported, however, is that a dozen police departments in South Florida have also received military equipment ranging from helicopters to grenade launchers.

Here's what the police forces in Broward and Palm Beach are packing, thanks to LESO.

In Broward County:

Broward Sheriff's Office: Four utility trucks and two M-16 semiautomatic rifles.

Fort Lauderdale Police: two robots for "explosive ordinance dispersal" and three utility trucks

Hallandale: one mine-resistant vehicle (known as an MRAP)

Lauderhill:
an armored truck.

In Palm Beach County:

The Boynton Beach Police Department received 12 M-16s; the Delray PD, ten of them; Juno Beach police, three.

The Town of Palm Beach Police Department received a utility truck and a mix of semiautomatic rifles -- four M-14s and 10 M-16s. Jupiter Island Public Safety also got a mix of guns -- four M-14s and five M-16s.

The Jupiter Police Department received 22 M-16s, plus a mine resistant vehicle.

Riviera Beach got an MRAP.

And the Palm Beach School Police got two .45 caliber pistols.

The motherlode went to Florida Fish & Wildlife -- which received three helicopters, night vision equipment, and 283 semiautomatic rifles -- and the Florida Highway Patrol, which received three armored cars, an armored truck, an MRAP, a pistol and handgun, and 1533 semiautomatic rifles.

Ben Wolf, the Director of Communications for the Florida Department of Management Services, says that the equipment is technically on loan to the local departments and remains the property of the federal government. His office keeps track of inventory and and there are "currently no missing items." Phew?




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13 comments
Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis

And what would those guns do? They aren't going to protect you. And the statement of the miniguns and RPGs is a worst case scenario which is what they plan for and the reason they have these vehicles

Danny Morin
Danny Morin

Well then the police better suit up! There's a lot of gang members out there with $500k to burn on mini-guns! Personally, for me, the fact the police are gearing up makes me want to arm myself to the teeth.

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Danny Morin
Danny Morin

Remember that time when Hallandale was like Fallujah and there was IEDs and guerrilla warfare? Makes you wonder what they are gearing up for.

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis

Miniguns are available through military surplus. However they cost 500k so I think that's off the list. But they are perfectly legal. RPGs I have no idea. But people definitely have them.

Danny Morin
Danny Morin

Can you please show me where citizens can buy RPG's and min-guns? Christmas is right around the corner you know.

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fire.ant
fire.ant topcommenter

I bet Alligator Ron Bergeron is having a great old time at the controls of those F&W copters!


Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis

Our citizens fight for their second amendment rights but expect the police to not be able to counter then with ease. Sorry but I want my police force to be able to handle any threat with minimal danger to the officer. As a citizen I can buy an RPG or a minigun. Which is insane by the way. The police need to realize that there is a chance they will have to stop a crazy person with these weapons. Arm up

Rachel R Levy Lewis
Rachel R Levy Lewis

So, since our government has decided not to sell our inventory of out-dated military equipment to countries that will eventually turn around and use it against us, wer're supposed to be mad that it's being sold to our local police departments who will use and MAINTAIN the equipment? Nope. You lost me.

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

Is this some kind of police statement toward the local restaurants? Because a few good meals in that town, you're a walking IED.

fire.ant
fire.ant topcommenter

"...local police departments who will use and MAINTAIN the equipment" and "use it against us"!


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