The Pentagon Finally Details its Weapons-for-Cops Giveaway

Number 27082
Subject Law Enforcement
Source The Marshall Project
State New York
Year 2014
Publication Date Dec. 3, 2014 and Dec. 5, 2014
Summary The Marshall Project, in collaboration with MuckRock, published, for the first time, agency-level data on the Pentagon's 1033 program, a program brought to light during the protests in Ferguson, Mo., in which the Pentagon gives surplus weapons, aircraft and vehicles to law enforcement agencies. We wrote an initial story on the data, created an easy-to-use, embeddable widget, and put together a "Department of Defense gift guide," highlighting some of the more perplexing giveaways. The story led to unprecedented public scrutiny of military equipment going to law enforcement agencies, as over forty local news outlets published articles detailing what their local cops had received.
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Keywords excessive force, police equipments and weapons, protests
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