NPR has released analyzed data that shows every military item shipped to local, state and federal agencies from 2006 through April 23, 2014, as a part of the 1033 program. The items from the Pentagon’s Law Enforcement Support Office include mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs) and assault rifles, among other things. NPR’s analysis also identifies the items by their cost to the Department of Defense.
Since unrest erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, following the killing of teenager Michael Brown, opposition has grown against a trend known as “police militarization,” which critics say is fueled by programs that put items formerly used by the U.S. military into the hands of local law enforcement agencies. President Barack Obama ordered a review of such programs late last month.
Local and national media have covered police militarization at length since the Ferguson protests began.