And, we're no smarter a people for condoning this unlawfulness. Even a newspaper dishonestly reports the "gift" to the city as "Free"! Wanna bet most readers will believe it rather than accurately report that Peter was robbed to pay Paul because emperor on high favored Paul for forcible federalization.
Who says it's not their money to give? Davey Crockett? This behavior was not a joke back then:
Just so the people that still think for themselves will know.
Tanks on the Streets? Police Required to Use Military Equipment within a Year or Return It
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
|Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle|
belonging to Willimantic, Conn.
(population-17,700) police (AP Photo)
Specifically, the Department of Defense's 1033 program—which funnels all kinds of military surplus goods to police—has a provision that clearly says that any participating law enforcement agency must use its equipment within one year of receiving it. If they don't, they have to give it up.
This from the state of Missouri's "application to participate" in 1033: "Property obtained under this SPO must be placed into use within one (1) year of receipt, unless the condition of the property renders it unusable, in which case the property can be returned to the nearest DLA Disposition Services Site. If property is not put into use by the LEA (law enforcement agency) within one (1) year, the State/LEA must coordinate a transfer of property to another LEA or request a turn-in to return the property to the nearest DLA Disposition Services Site."
Another problem with the Pentagon's decision to shower police forces with military hardware is that it's not accompanied by training, Amanda Taub noted at Vox.
While SWAT teams from large police departments train with their equipment regularly, small-town forces often don't have the resources to spare officers for such exercises. Thus, often the only time they use the surplus equipment is during an emergency.
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