UPDATE: Another small Minnesota town's police department has come under fire for possessing what some may call excessive military equipment. Royalton possesses a grenade launcher thanks to a free program offered through the U.S. Department of Defense. According to the chief of police, the grenade launcher has languished in a safe for five years.
|Does a Minnesota town with only two full-time cops really need this vehicle?|
The images coming out
of Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teen was shot to death August 9, precipitating mass protests, show cops crouching on armored tanks and squinting into sniper scopes. They're dressed head to toe in camouflage as they rush civilians with assault rifles.
For this, we can credit a U.S. Department of
Defense program that was created in the early 1990s and gives free
military equipment to sheriff's offices, local police departments, and state agencies. It became all the rage of the
post-9/11 era and today touches every corner of the United States.
Minnesota is no exception.See also:
North Mpls Ferguson vigil gets tense after arrest of woman holding "Don't Shoot" sign