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Surplus military equipment program under fire

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HASTINGS (WKZO) -- While the use of surplus military gear by police agencies has come under fire by everyone from protestors to the Congress, local law enforcers are defending the practice.

Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf says it’s all about saving lives.

He has both an old fashioned personnel carrier and a Mine-resistent Ambush Protected vehicle or Mrap, designed for use in Afghanistan.

President Obama said yesterday he can see where the use of surplus radio gear or protective outfits might be useful, but it might be time to review the distribution of other hardware.

 

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