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Michigan Senator looks at U.S. surplus going to Police Departments

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WKZO) -- As demonstrations continue in Ferguson, Missouri, Michigan Senator Carl Levin says he will review a Pentagon Program that transfers surplus military gear to police departments.

Its one of the complaints in Ferguson, that the police department is more like an occupying force than a community asset.

The acquisition of military surplus was one of the complaints against former Barry Township Chief Victor Pierce before his departure earlier this month.

Michigan has received 17-MRAPs...armored vehicles designed to withstand mines, over 15-hundred M-16’s and 3 helicopters.

Levin says a number of legislators say the militarization of police forces is causing more problems than its solving, and driving a wedge between police and the community.

 

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